December 1 cattle on feed up 3 percent from last year

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the December cattle on feed report on Friday, Dec. 17.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.84 million head on Dec. 1, up 3 percent from a year ago.

According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was up 1 percent from the Nov. 1 level.

Producers placed 475,000 head in commercial feedlots during November, up 4 percent from a year ago but down 26 percent from last month.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 440,000 head during November, up 9 percent from last year but down 1 percent from last month.

On Dec. 1, there were 2.41 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 85 percent of the state’s total. The number on feed across the area was up 2 percent from last year but down 1 percent from the November total.

November placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 382,000 head, down 31 percent from the October total. Marketings were down 1 percent from last month to 387,000 head.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. in feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 11.6 million head on Dec. 1, 2010. This inventory was 3 percent above Dec. 1, 2009.

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 1.96 million head, 6 percent above November 2009. November placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 625,000 head; 600-699 pounds totaled 590,000 head; 700-799 pounds totaled 373,000 head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 370,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 1.77 million head, 9 percent above 2009.

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