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USDA Cattle on Feed

24 January 2014

USDA Cattle on Feed - 24 January 2014USDA Cattle on Feed - 24 January 2014

Cattle on Feed

United States Cattle on Feed Down 5 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.6 million head on January 1, 2014. The inventory was 5 percent below January 1, 2013. The inventory included 6.78 million steers and steer calves, down 4 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.73 million head, down 8 percent from 2013.

Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.68 million, 1 percent above 2012. Net placements were 1.60 million head. During December, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 485,000, 600-699 pounds were 420,000, 700-799 pounds were 391,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 385,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 1.74 million, 1 percent below 2012.

Other disappearance totaled 77,000 during December, 4 percent above 2012.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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