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Table 1. Profile of Livestock Farms in the United States

Farms with livestock or livestock sales in the 1997 Census of Agriculture, categorized into 3 farm types and 4 farm groups

 

  Farms with few livestock Farms with specialty livestock types Farms with pastured livestock types and few other livestock Farms with confined livestock types All farms with livestock
Farm type and sales group

Number

of

farms

Percent by sales group

Number

of

farms

Percent by sales group

Number

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farms

Percent by sales group

Number

of

farms

Percent by sales group

Number

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farms

Percent by sales group Percent of all farms
 
Commercial farms 6,230 100% 1,924 100% 37,063 100% 74,646 100% 119,863 100% 9.1%
Percent of commercial farms 5.2%   1.6%   30.9%   62.3%   100.0%    
Total agricultural sales above $500,000 1,077 17% 655 34% 8,321 22% 34,350 46% 44,403 37% 3.4%
Total agricultural sales of $250,000 to $500,000 2,237 36% 563 29% 15,809 43% 35,973 48% 54,582 46% 4.2%
Total agricultural sales below $250,000 2,916 47% 706 37% 12,933 35% 4,323 6% 20,878 17% 1.6%
 
Intermediate farms 97,468 100% 3,639 100% 320,654 100% 127,725 100% 549,486 100% 41.8%
Percent of intermediate farms 17.7%   0.7%   58.4%   23.2%   100.0%    
Total agricultural sales of $100,000 to $250,000 4,754 5% 733 20% 35,277 11% 60,873 48% 101,637 18% 7.7%
Total agricultural sales of $10,000 to $100,000 22,804 23% 2,306 63% 153,729 48% 62,268 49% 241,107 44% 18.3%
Total agricultural sales below $10,000 69,910 72% 600 16% 131,648 41% 4,584 4% 206,742 38% 15.7%
 
Rural-residence farms 257,333 100% 3,271 100% 349,648 100% 35,450 100% 645,702 100% 49.1%
Percent of rural-residence farms 39.9%   0.5%   54.2%   5.5%   100.0%    
Total agricultural sales of $100,000 to $250,000 870 0.3% 219 7% 4,996 1% 5,956 17% 12,041 2% 0.9%
Total agricultural sales of $10,000 to $100,000 23,772 9% 1,995 61% 102,886 29% 22,123 62% 150,776 23% 11.5%
Total agricultural sales below $10,000 232,691 90% 1,057 32% 241,766 69% 7,371 21% 482,885 75% 36.7%
 
All farms with livestock 361,031   8,834   707,365   237,821   1,315,051   100.0%
Percent of farms with livestock 27.5%   0.7%   53.8%   18.1%   100.0%    

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