Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.49 million head on August 1, 2013, down 6 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was down 3 percent from the July 1, 2013 level. Producers placed 460 thousand head in commercial feedlots during July, down 3 percent from a year ago but up 8 percent from June.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 520 thousand head during July, up 9 percent from 2012 and up 8 percent from June.
On August 1, there were 2.16 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 87 percent of the state’s total. The number on feed across the area was down 6 percent from last year and down 3 percent from the July 1 total.
July placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 407 thousand head, up 10 percent from the June total. Marketings were up 9 percent from last month to 466 thousand head.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States in feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 10.0 million head on August 1, 2013. This inventory was down 6 percent from August 1, 2012.
Placements in feedlots during July totaled 1.72 million head, 10 percent below July 2012. July placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 390 thousand head; 600-699 pounds totaled 275 thousand head; 700-799 pounds totaled 455 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 602 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during July totaled 2.00 million head, 5 percent above 2012.

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