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Farm Animals

Updated: July 31, 2020

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Cattle in a field

Agriculture is an essential part of Montana's economy. It contributes more than 3.5 billion dollars to the state annually. Of that 3.5 billion, livestock contributes about 1.5 billion. The primary type of livestock in Montana is cattle. There are 4 million beef cattle in Montana and about 12,000 dairy cows. Sheep and hogs tie for the second most numerous type of livestock with about 200,000 of each. Montana ranks sixth in the nation for sheep production. Montana's sheep provided 1.3 million pounds of wool to the nation in 2019. Additional livestock include swine, llamas, and horses. But not all livestock have four legs! Montana has about 15 billion bees producing 14.7 million pounds of honey a year. In 2018 Montana was the second largest honey producing state in the nation.

Source: 2019 State Agriculture Overview

Wool Source: Montana Wool Goes From Sheep to Shelf

Honey Source: USDA

Updated: July 31, 2020

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