Oklahoma, the fifth largest cattle producing state in the nation, is one of five states where cattle outnumber people. Cattle operations in the state include cow/calf, stocker-feeder, dairies, and feedlots. The Oklahoma City National Stockyards is the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market. Auctions are held each Monday and Tuesday.
The poultry industry is the second largest agricultural industry in Oklahoma. Poultry production is heavily concentrated in the eastern third of the state, with four large hatcheries in eastern Oklahoma.
Oklahoma boasts more horses per capita than any other state in the nation. Over 70 percent of the state’s equine population are used for activities other than recreation and racing. Horse shows, rodeos, trail rides and other horsing events occur in Oklahoma year-round, while seasonal horse racing takes place at tracks in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Claremore and Sallisaw. Oklahoma City and Tulsa host more than 50 major horse shows annually. The state abounds with riding stables offering rental horses. Rodeos are held statewide year-round, with many taking place at Guthrie’s Lazy E Arena, the largest indoor rodeo arena in the world.
Swine is the third largest agricultural industry in the state, ranking eighth in the nation. Most swine farms are found in northwest Oklahoma.
There are approximately 65,000 sheep or lambs in the state. Most of the sheep in Oklahoma can be found in the north central and central parts of the state.