1. Ranching is the practice of raising herds of animals on large tracts of land.
2. Ranching is common in temperate, dry areas, such as the Pampas region of South America, the western United States, the Prairie Provinces of Canada, and the Australian Outback
3. More than 700,000 cattle farms, ranches and feedyards exist in the U.S.
4. Livestock grazing takes up 614 million acres, or 27% of U.S. land.
5. While there are more than 2 million farms across the US, farmers and ranchers make up just 1.3% of the labor force.
6. Texas remains the state with the most total cattle, followed by Nebraska, Kansas, California, Oklahoma and Missouri.
7. The inventory of Texas cattle and calves totaled 13.0 million head on January 1, 2020.
8. In the ranching state of Montana, residents consume more red meat than anywhere else in the country.
9. According to NASS figures and Census population data, cattle outnumber people in nine states.
10.The middle 57% of Cattle Ranchers makes between $40,225 and $43,719, with the top 86% making $50,787
11. Ninety-six percent of farms and ranches are family owned.
12. Some ranches, nicknamed dude ranches, offer tourist facilities. Some of these sites are working ranches that allow guests to help out in real ranching activities.
13. A total of 133,176 farms and ranches use renewable energy producing systems, more than double the 57,299 in 2012.
14. A round-up, called a muster in Australia, is a gathering of all livestock on a ranch.
15. A round-up is usually conducted by cowboys on horseback, ATV, or other vehicle.
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