The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy

Cochise Livestock

Livestock producers depend on the health of the land and of the animals they produce. Cattle & calves and dairy goods are Arizona’s most valuable farm products, with cattle & calves representing 18% of total farm receipts and dairy products 20%. There are approximately 1 million head of cattle & calves producing 386 million pounds of beef annually. Cochise County ranks 3rd in the state with about 50,000 head of cattle and calves (2012). Arizona has 186,000 milk cows in the state with a yearly milk production of 23,382 pounds per cow; over 165,000 hogs, and 150,000 head of sheep and lambs. The state has, on average, 1,600,000 laying hens which produce over 5.8 billion eggs a year.