Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for
feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.8 million head on
February 1, 2017. The inventory was 1 percent above February 1, 2016.

Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.98 million head, 11 percent
above 2016. Net placements were 1.93 million head. During January, placements
of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 380,000 head,
600-699 pounds were 445,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 585,000 head, 800-899
pounds were 410,000, 900-999 pounds were 116,000, and 1,000 pounds and
greater were 45,000 head.

New placement weight categories are available this month. The new categories
are 800-899 pounds, 900-999 pounds, and 1,000 pounds and greater. Information
for January 2017 and January a year ago can be found on page 5 of this
publication. This additional information will be published monthly in the
Cattle on Feed report.

Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.75 million head, 10 percent
above 2016.

Other disappearance totaled 53,000 head during January, 5 percent below 2016.

Kansas Cattle On Feed Up 3% to 2.21 Million Head

Kansas feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.21 million cattle on feed on February 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 3 percent from last year. Placements during January totaled 480,000 head, up 16 percent from 2016. Fed cattle marketings for the month of January totaled 430,000 head, up 21 percent from last year. Other disappearance during January totaled 10,000 head, unchanged from last year.

Nebraska Cattle On Feed Down Slightly to 2.45 Million Head

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.45 million cattle on feed on February 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down slightly from last year. Placements during January totaled 540,000 head, up 10 percent from 2016. Fed cattle marketings for the month of January totaled 450,000 head, up 3 percent from last year. Other disappearance during January totaled 10,000 head, down 5,000 head from last year.

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Texas Cattle On Feed Up 1% to 2.45 Million Head

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.45 million head on February 1, 2017, up 1 percent from a year ago. Producers placed 360 thousand head in commercial feedlots during January, up 7 percent from a year ago. Texas commercial feeders marketed 320 thousand head during January, down 2 percent from 2016. On February 1, there were 2.15 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 88 percent of the state’s total. The number on feed across the area was up 2 percent from both last year and from the January 1 total. January placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 319 thousand head, down 2 percent from the December total. Marketings were down 12 percent from last month at 277 thousand head.

South Dakota Cattle On Feed Down 8% to 240,000 Head

South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 240,000 cattle on feed on February 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 8 percent from last year. Placements during January totaled 45,000 head, up 22 percent from 2016. Fed cattle marketings for the month of January totaled 34,000 head, up 13 percent from last year. Other disappearance during January totaled 1,000 head, down 1,000 head from last year.

Iowa Cattle On Feed Up 3% to 640,000 Head

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 640,000 head on February 1, 2017, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. This was up 7 percent from January 1, 2017, and up 3 percent from February 1, 2016. Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head had 585,000 head on feed, up 4 percent from last month but down 6 percent from last year. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in all Iowa feedlots totaled 1,225,000 head, up 6 percent from last month but down 1 percent from last year. Placements of cattle and calves in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during January totaled 128,000 head, an increase of 23 percent from last month and up 44 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head placed 81,000 head, up 37 percent from last month but down 10 percent from last year. Placements for all feedlots in Iowa totaled 209,000 head, up 28 percent from last month and up 17 percent from last year. Marketings of fed cattle from Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during January totaled 86,000 head, down 16 percent from last month but unchanged from last year. Feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head marketed 52,000 head, up 11 percent from last month but down 31 percent from last year. Marketings for all feedlots in Iowa were 138,000 head, down 7 percent from last month and down 14 percent from last year. Other disappearance from all feedlots in Iowa totaled 6,000 head.

Source: USDA-NASS