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U.S. cattle on feed down six percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.3 million head on Sept. 1, 2007. The inventory was six percent below Sept. 1, 2006 but three percent above Sept. 1, 2005.

Placements in feedlots during August totaled 2.12 million, seven percent below 2006 but six percent above 2005. Net placements were 2.07 million. During August, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 490,000, 600-699 pounds were 440,000, 700-799 pounds were 549,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 640,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 2.07 million, virtually unchanged from 2006 but two percent above 2005. Other disappearance totaled 50,000 during August, 15 percent below 2006 and six percent below 2005.

South Dakota’s 1,000-plus capacity feedlots reported 175,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on Sept. 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s NASS. This is up 20,000 head from a year earlier but unchanged from a month earlier.

Placements during August totaled 37,000 head, up 7,000 head from last year and up 15,000 head from July 2007. Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 36,000 head, down 1,000 head from last year and down 6,000 head from July 2007.

Other disappearance during August totaled 1,000 head, down 2,000 head from last year and down 1,000 head from July 2007.