US cattle herd has grown by 6m head in 3 years
The US cattle herd has been in a rebuilding phase in recent years growing by a staggering 6 million head since 2014.
A recent analysis by the AHDB, shows that as of 1 January 2017, stood at 93.6m head, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
It is up two per cent, or 1.7m head, on the same time last year.
The AHDB analysis highlights however that the size of the herd in 2014 had marked the seventh straight year of contraction.
As the extreme drought took hold across the southern Great Plains at the beginning of this decade, cattle numbers fell to their lowest level since the early 1950s.
The data shows an increase in numbers across most cattle categories compared to the previous year.
The beef cow herd was reported to stand at 31.2m head, up three per cent year on year.
However, the AHDB says it does appear that the impetus for herd rebuilding could be slowing down.