The dairy cattle population is a larger herd than beef cattle in Michigan. However, all of these farms serve an important role in providing beef on your dinner table. In fact, Michigan cattle support 33% of the state’s demand for beef.
There are about 12,000 farms with cattle reaching across 80 of Michigan’s 83 counties.
The economic impact of cattle in Michigan totals $541 million
With a consumer population of about 9.9 million, the industry meets about 33% of the local demand.
All numbers were according to the USDA Agricultural Statistics Service.