Agriculture is important to New York State. The value of agricultural production was over $5.70 billion in 2012. About 23 percent of the state’s land area, or 7 million acres are used by the 36,000 farms to produce a very diverse array of food products.
Livestock and dairy production is the largest sector of NYS agriculture and provided $3.0 billion value of production to farmers in 2012. New York livestock producers marketed 295 million pounds of meat animals during 2012 bringing in $333 million. Gross income from cattle and calves accounted for $486 million.
Additional Facts about the Cattle Industry in NY:
Source: New York Agricultural Statistics 2012-2013 Annual Bulletin