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Black Baldy cows roam in a pasture northwest of Regent in Hettinger County on Aug. 5. North Dakota's beef cattle industry accounts for $600 million of the state's agricultural income, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. According to the United States Department of Agriculture's most recent statistics from 2009, North Dakota contributed 2 percent to the nation's total cattle inventory that year.

Grazing in cattle country

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There is no question about where the beef is in North Dakota. It's everywhere.

Based on information from the North Dakota Department of

Agriculture, cattle outnumber the people who reside in the state by a ratio of almost 3-to-1.

And at least some of the state's strength in production can be attributed to the beef cattle, which accounts for $600 million of North Dakota's agricultural income, according to Department of Agriculture.

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