The data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes as the U.S., which is one of the world’s biggest producers of cowhides, currently experiencing a record shortage of the animal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the current U.S. cow population — about 95 million — is at its lowest level since the department began keeping track in 1973.
The high cost of cattle feed and the nation’s drought have contributed to the declining cattle population, Quartz reports.
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