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Kentucky home to more than 2M head of cattle

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky is home to 2 million head of cattle, grazing on pastures across the state and generating more than $600 million a year in income for farmers at last count.

Gov. Steve Beshear is bragging about those numbers, calling on Kentuckians to salute the state's beef farmers.

Thousands of Kentuckians — including feed manufacturers, equipment dealers and food marketers — earn their livings by helping to bring beef from the pasture to the plate.

Kentucky has long been one of the largest beef producers east of the Mississippi River. Beshear said beef is among the top five agricultural commodities produced in Kentucky.