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Table 5. Profile of farms with few livestock in the 1997

Profile of farms with few livestock in the 1997 Census of Agriculture

  Farms with sales of specialty livestock products more than 75% of livestock sales* Farms with only sheep and goats** Farms with only horses, ponies, mules, burros, or donkeys** Farms with beef cattle or a mix of cattle and other pastured livestock types**

Farms with any fattened cattle, milk cows, swine, chickens, or turkeys*

All farms with few livestock

Percent of total for all farms with livestock
Farms with less than $50,000 in livestock sales Farms with $50,000 or more in livestock sales Farms with less than $50,000 in livestock sales Farms with $50,000 or more in livestock sales
Number of farms 9,194 8,752 78,645 188 181,763 107 82,382 361,031 27.5%
Percent 2.5% 2.4% 21.8% 0.1% 50.3% <0.1% 22.8% 100.0%  
 
Percent that primarily produce crops 26.1% 52.5% 75.6% <0.1% 34.3% 1.9% 34.1% 43.5%  
Percent that primarily produce livestock 65.5% 38.3% 21.9% 99.5% 55.9% 86.0% 53.9% 47.9%  
 
Total agricultural sales ($) 135,718,022 181,653,572 1,645,568,234 30,153,774 1,856,154,469 21,109,205 1,002,993,042 4,873,350,318 3.8%
Sales per farm 14,762 20,756 20,924 160,392 10,212 197,282 12,175 13,498 13.7%
 
Livestock sales ($) 14,968,005 7,744,496 84,862,759 30,004,565 437,748,522 18,245,588 182,304,685 775,878,620 0.8%
Sales per farm:  
Mean 1,628 885 1,079 159,599 2,408 170,520 2,213 2,149 2.9%
25th percentile 300 10 0 60,000 0 57,100 278 0  
50th percentile (median) 1,260 516 0 76,250 1,200 75,000 1,318 900  
75th percentile 2,513 1,235 500 127,500 2,815 135,000 2,936 2,450  
90th percentile 3,995 2,000 3,000 235,986 6,122 250,000 5,298 5,189  
95th percentile 4,500 2,662 5,600 476,000 9,568 536,350 7,181 8,000  
Dollar value for sale of:  
Cattle other than fattened cattle 34,973 0 0 0 403,024,176 1,635,840 61,610,241 466,305,230 2.3%
Fattened cattle 1,200 0 0 0 0 0 56,183,340 56,184,540 0.3%
Dairy products 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,026,771 1,026,771 <0.1%
Hogs and pigs 7,549 0 0 0 0 0 29,237,942 29,245,491 0.2%
Chicken and turkey products 56,259 0 0 0 0 0 16,730,861 16,787,120 0.1%
Specialty livestock products 14,813,081 109,107 152,301 0 603,955 4,800 1,741,800 17,425,044 1.0%
Horses, ponies, mules, burros, donkeys 9,520 103,757 84,082,849 29,552,605 25,775,947 13,629,797 10,009,346 163,163,821 15.8%
Sheep and goat products 45,423 7,531,632 627,609 451,960 8,344,444 2,975,151 5,764,384 25,740,603 3.4%
 
Animal units:  
Fattened cattle 1 0 0 0 0 0 28,502 28,503 0.3%
Beef cows 1,041 0 0 0 305,721 5 88,563 395,331 1.1%
Other beef cattle 584 0 0 0 355,645 216 85,880 442,325 2.2%
Milk cows 99 0 0 0 0 0 11,142 11,241 0.1%
Other dairy cattle 21 0 0 0 0 0 5,768 5,789 0.2%
Hogs and pigs 46 0 0 0 0 0 24,936 24,981 0.3%
Chickens 79 0 0 0 0 0 3,840 3,919 0.1%
Turkeys 12 0 0 0 0 0 592 605 <0.1%
All types 1,882 0 0 0 661,367 222 249,223 912,693 1.0%
 
End-of-year inventory:  
Sheep and goats 4,325 102,379 0 0 123,271 42 120,203 350,220 3.6%
Horses, ponies, mules, burros, donkeys 4,754 0 348,723 1,076 154,444 147 87,223 596,367 23.6%
* Farms may also have any of the other livestock types.
** Farms may also have specialty livestock where sales of specialty livestock products are less than 75 percent of total livestock sales.

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