U.S. cattle on feed down four percent
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.0 million head on Oct. 1, 2007.
The inventory was four percent below Oct. 1, 2006 but five percent above Oct. 1, 2005. The inventory included 6.83 million steers and steer calves, down five percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 62 percent of the total inventory.
Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.07 million head, down one percent from 2006. Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.43 million, nine percent above 2006 and three percent above 2005. Net placements were 2.37 million head.
During September, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 610,000, 600-699 pounds were 505,000, 700-799 pounds were 570,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 740,000.
Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.71 million, three percent below 2006 and six percent below 2005. This is the second lowest fed cattle marketings for the month of September since the series began in 1996.
Other disappearance totaled 54,000 during September, 21 percent below 2006 and five percent below 2005.
South Dakota’s 1,000+ capacity feedlots reported 180,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on Oct. 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is up 10,000 head from a year earlier and up 5,000 head from a month earlier.
Placements during September totaled 43,000 head, down 7,000 head from last year but up 6,000 head from August 2007.
Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 37,000 head, up 3,000 head from last year and up 1,000 head from August 2007.
Other disappearance during August totaled 1,000 head, unchanged from both last year and last month.
Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.14 million cattle on feed on Oct. 1, according to USDA’s NASS, Nebraska Field Office. This inventory was down four percent from last year but 10 percent above Oct. 1, 2005.
Placements in feedlots during September totaled 540,000 head, up eight percent from both 2006 and 2005.
Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 320,000 head, the same as last year and two years ago.
Other disappearance during September totaled 10,000, the same as last year and 2005.