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USDA Cattle on Feed

21 May 2012

US Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent - May 2012US Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent - May 2012

Placements were down 15 per cent in April 2012, whilst marketings of fed cattle were slightly above 2011, according to the latest USDA Cattle on Feed report.
Cattle on Feed


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USDA Cattle on Feed - May 2012

United States Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on May 1, 2012. The inventory was 1 percent below May 1, 2011.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.52 million, 15 percent below 2011. Net placements were 1.44 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 355,000, 600-699 pounds were 250,000, 700-799 pounds were 380,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 536,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.82 million, slightly above 2011.

Other disappearance totaled 78,000 during April, 30 percent above 2011.

Cattle on Feed Inventory on 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots – United States

Number of Cattle Placed on 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots – United States

Number of Cattle Marketed on 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots –United States

What the commentators and industry thinkers read into this data:

Ron Plain Ron Plain
Cattle On Feed: Placements Below Forecast
USDA's April cattle on feed report said placements were lower and marketings higher than the pre-release trade forecasts. The number of cattle on feed 1 May was well below what the trade had forecast, writes Ron Plain.
John Riley John Michael Riley
Cattle on Feed Shows Structural Change
For the first time in any month during the last two years the on-feed count was below a year ago. As of May 1, the year-on-year decline was 0.6 per cent (65,000 head), writes James Robb, Centre Director for the Livestock Marketing Information Centre.

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USDA Cattle on Feed - May 2012 - USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

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