US equine inventory up 1.3 percent

(May 1999) Inventory of equine in the United States as of January 1, 1999 totaled 5.32 million head, up 1.3 percent from the 5.25 million head on January 1, 1998.

Equine includes horses, ponies, mules, burros, and donkeys.

Texas ranked first in equine inventory with 600,000 head followed by California, and Tennessee with 240,000 and 190,000 head, respectively. Florida, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania tied for fourth with an inventory of 170,000 head. Ohio ranked seventh with 160,000 head, followed by Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, and Washington with 155,000 head. An additional fifteen States had equine inventories of 100,000 head or more.

The January 1, 1998 total equine inventory was 5.25 million head. Equine located on farms totaled 3.20 million head. Equine located on non-farm places were 2.05 million head or 39.1 percent of the total.

Equine sold totaled 558,000 head in 1998, an increase of 3.3 percent from the 540,000 head sold in 1997. Texas had the most equine sold in 1998 at 60,000 head followed by Kentucky with 28,000 head, Michigan with 21,000 head, and Florida, Oklahoma, and Tennessee each with 18,000 head.

Value of Sales from equine sold in 1998 was $1.75 billion, up 6.9 percent from of $1.64 billion in 1997. The top ten States were Kentucky, Florida, Texas, California, Virginia, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

  Equine: Inventory,  1998-99; Number Sold and Value of Sales, 1997-98

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  State:   Inventory         :   Number Sold   :        Value of Sales



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        :Jan 1, 1998 : Jan 1, 1999 :  1997  :  1998  :    1997     :    1998

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        :  -------------- 1,000 Head --------------     ---- 1,000 Dollars ----

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 AL     :    130.0         130.0      13.0     14.0        18,200        19,600

 AK     :      2.4           2.4       0.1      0.1           176           176

 AZ     :    135.0         135.0       7.0      8.0        14,000        15,000

 AR     :     68.0          70.0      11.0     12.0        12,000        13,000

 CA     :    235.0         240.0      15.0     17.0        55,000        60,000

 CO     :    140.0         145.0      13.0     13.0        21,000        21,000

 CT     :     25.0          26.0       2.0      2.0        10,400        10,400

 DE     :     10.0          10.0       1.0      1.0         4,000         4,000

 FL     :    170.0         170.0      18.0     18.0       108,000       111,600

 GA     :     69.0          70.0       9.0      9.0        20,700        20,700

 HI     :      7.0           7.0       0.4      0.4           800           900

 ID     :    145.0         145.0      11.0     12.0        14,500        15,000

 IL     :     99.0         100.0      12.0     13.0        18,000        19,000

 IN     :    140.0         140.0      14.0     15.0        21,000        22,000

 IA     :     99.0         100.0      11.0     11.0        16,000        16,000

 KS     :    104.0         105.0      10.0     11.0        19,000        21,000

 KY     :    150.0         155.0      27.0     28.0       570,000       650,000

 LA     :     65.0          65.0      12.0     12.0        15,000        15,000

 ME     :     16.0          17.0       1.0      1.0         1,600         1,600

 MD     :     45.0          45.0       4.0      4.0        40,000        40,000

 MA     :     35.0          35.0       2.0      2.0         4,000         4,000

 MI     :    130.0         130.0      20.0     21.0        34,000        36,000

 MN     :    155.0         155.0      14.0     15.0        17,000        18,000

 MS     :     74.0          75.0       7.0      7.0         9,000         9,000

 MO     :    140.0         140.0      16.0     16.0        24,000        24,000

 MT     :    130.0         130.0      12.0     12.0        12,000        12,000

 NE     :     74.0          75.0       8.0      8.0         9,600         9,800

 NV     :     70.0          70.0       7.0      7.0        10,500        10,000

 NH     :      7.0           8.0       0.5      0.5         1,200         1,200

 NJ     :     45.0          45.0      12.0     13.0        55,000        58,500

 NM     :     64.0          65.0       5.0      5.0         9,000         9,000

 NY     :    157.0         155.0      15.0     15.0        45,000        45,000

 NC     :    138.0         140.0      10.0     10.0        30,000        30,000

 ND     :     40.0          40.0       6.0      6.0         5,400         5,400

 OH     :    155.0         160.0      15.0     15.0        27,000        27,000

 OK     :    165.0         170.0      18.0     18.0        30,000        30,000

 OR     :    120.0         120.0      11.0     10.0        15,000        14,000

 PA     :    165.0         170.0      15.0     15.0        44,000        44,000

 RI     :      2.0           2.0       0.1      0.1           620           620

 SC     :     64.0          65.0       4.5      5.5         9,000         9,400

 SD     :     74.0          75.0      10.0     11.0        11,000        12,000

 TN     :    185.0         190.0      19.0     18.0        49,400        48,600

 TX     :    595.0         600.0      58.0     60.0        86,000        90,000

 UT     :     74.0          75.0       9.0     10.0        10,800        12,000

 VT     :     19.0          20.0       2.0      2.0         3,000         3,000

 VA     :    145.0         150.0      12.0     12.0        58,000        60,000

 WA     :    155.0         155.0      13.0     14.0        16,800        18,000

 WV     :     43.0          43.0       8.0      8.0        11,000        11,000

 WI     :    115.0         120.0      14.0     15.0        18,500        20,200

 WY     :     61.0          62.0       5.0      5.0         6,000         6,300

        :

 US     :  5,250.4       5,317.4     539.6    557.6     1,641,196     1,753,996

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Based on the 1997 Census of Agriculture and two additional surveys. The relative sampling error for the U.S. inventory was 2.7 percent.