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Bill Couser pets his cows at his farm March 6, 2013 in Nevada, Iowa,... News PhotoAgriculture,Cattle,Cow,Farm,Finance,Horizontal,Iowa,Nevada,Pets,USAPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPBill Couser pets his cows at his farm March 6, 2013 in Nevada, Iowa, where he keeps 5,000 cattle. Couser also grows corn which he feds the animals during the recent drought. A severe drought in the US southern plains in 2011 and in the Midwest in 2012 as well as the soaring prices of grain, have contributed to the decline of the US cattle inventory. On January 1, 12013, the US Department of Agriculture counted 89.3 million cattle, the lowest figure registered since 1952. AFP PHOTO / Juliette MICHEL (Photo credit should read Juliette MICHEL/AFP/Getty Images)