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A new report shows the U.S. has the smallest cattle herd since data began being collected in 1973. (Republic photo)

New report shows fewest cattle in US since 1973

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The U.S. cattle herd on July 1 was the smallest it’s been since the federal government began issuing data in 1973, according to a new report released July 25.

There were 95 million cattle and cows nationwide, 3 percent fewer than two years earlier, says the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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