United States Cattle on Feed Up 8 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.6 million head on February 1, 2018. The inventory was 8 percent above February 1, 2017.

Placements in feedlots during January totaled 2.07 million head, 4 percent above 2017. Net placements were 2.00 million head. During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 375,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 450,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 625,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 418,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 115,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 85,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.86 million head, 6 percent above 2017.

Other disappearance totaled 69,000 head during January, 30 percent above 2017.


2017 Cattle on Feed and Annual Size Group Estimates

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head represented 82.0 percent of all cattle and calves on feed in the United States on January 1, 2018. This is comparable to the 81.2 percent on January 1, 2017.

Marketings of fed cattle for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head during 2017 represented 87.2 percent of total cattle marketed from all feedlots in the United States, up slightly from 87.1 percent during 2016.

Nebraska Cattle on Feed up 9 percent

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.67 million cattle on feed on February 1, according to the USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 9 percent from last year.

Placements during January totaled 540,000 head, unchanged from 2017.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of January totaled 465,000 head, up 3 percent from last year.

Other disappearance during January totaled 15,000 head, up 5,000 head from last year.


Kansas Cattle on Feed up 5 percent

Kansas feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.32 million cattle on feed on February 1, according to the USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 5 percent from last year.

Placements during January totaled 480,000 head, unchanged from 2017.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of January totaled 435,000 head, up 1 percent from last year.

Other disappearance during January totaled 15,000 head, up 5,000 head from last year.

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