U.S. cattle on feed up slightly
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on April 1, 2008. The inventory was slightly above April 1, 2007 but one percent below April 1, 2006. This is the second highest April 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. The inventory included 7.35 million steers and steer calves, down one percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 63 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.28 million head, up three percent from 2007.
Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.74 million, 11 percent below 2007 and five percent below 2006. Net placements were 1.67 million head. This is the second lowest placements for the month of March since the series began in 1996. During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 335,000, 600-699 pounds were 330,000, 700-799 pounds were 561,000 and 800 pounds and greater were 510,000.
Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 1.84 million, slightly below 2007 and six percent below 2006. Other disappearance totaled 63,000 during March, 12 percent below 2007 and 30 percent below 2006.
South Dakota’s 1,000-plus capacity feedlots reported 225,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on April 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is down 5,000 head from a year earlier and down 10,000 head from a month earlier.
Placements during March totaled 32,000 head, down 8,000 head from last year and down 5,000 head from February 2008.
Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 37,000 head, unchanged from last year and down 3,000 head from February 2008.
Other disappearance during March totaled 5,000 head, up 2,000 head from last year and up 3,000 head from February 2008.
Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.45 million cattle on feed on April 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. This inventory was down one percent from last year but two percent above April 1, 2006.
Placements in feedlots during March totaled 360,000 head, up three percent from 2007 and seven percent above March 2006. Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 390,000 head, up five percent from both last year and two years ago. This ties March 2000 for the highest March marketings since the series began in 1993.
Other disappearance during March totaled 10,000 compared with 10,000 during March 2007 and 15,000 during March 2006.