The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy

Greenlee Livestock

Greenlee County has a long history with ranching and animal production. The first ranch was estimated to be established in 1874. Forty years later, the Greenlee County Cattle Growers Association was founded in February of 1914, over 100 years ago. Today livestock sales account for 75% of agricultural sales in Greenlee County. There are 7,800 head of cattle and calves, 1,300 goats, 700 horses, and 300 laying hens in Greenlee County contributing just over $7,300,000 in value to the county's agricultural economy. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension develops research based educational programs for Greenlee county livestock producers in the areas of animal health and nutrition, marketing, reproduction and genetics, meat quality assurance, and rangeland health. (Source: 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture)