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Cattle on Feed report shows placements less than expected


News Staff - September 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - For the first time in several years, cattle on feed declined year over year. Ample feed availability and price uncertainty led to declines across the board in last Friday’s U.S. cattle on feed report.  Estimates were 11.0 million head cattle on feed, down 1% from a year ago, USDA reports.

Placements into feedlots in August totaled 1.88 million head, a 9% decline from the same month a year ago. During August, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 385,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 300,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 424,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 440,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 230,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 105,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 1.95 million head, 2 percent below 2018.
Other disappearance totaled 61,000 head during August, 11% above 2018.

Nebraska cattle on feed down 7 percent
Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.16 million cattle on feed on September 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 7 percent from last year.

Placements during August totaled 445,000 head, down 7 percent from 2018.
Fed cattle marketings for the month of August totaled 460,000 head, down 2 percent from last year.
Other disappearance during August totaled 15,000 head, up 5,000 head from last year.

Iowa cattle on feed down 7 percent
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Iowa feedlots totaled 630,000 head on September 1, 2019, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was unchanged from August 1, 2019, but down 7 percent from September 1, 2018. Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head had 480,000 head on feed, down 6 percent from last month and down 8 percent from last year. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in all Iowa feedlots totaled 1,110,000 head, down 3 percent from last month and down 7 percent from last year.

Placements of cattle and calves in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during August totaled 71,000 head, up 16 percent from July but down 13 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head placed 51,000 head, up 21 percent from July but down 7 percent from last year. Placements for all feedlots in Iowa totaled 122,000 head, up 18 percent from July but down 11 percent from last year.

Marketings of fed cattle from Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during August totaled 69,000 head, down 10 percent from July and down 31 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head marketed 77,000 head, down 17 percent from July but up 5 percent from last year. Marketings for all feedlots in Iowa were 146,000 head, down 14 percent from July and down 16 percent from last year. Other disappearance from all feedlots in Iowa totaled 6,000 head.

Texas Cattle on Feed  Total inventory 2.7 million head,  placements 380,000, marketings 445,000
Kansas Cattle on Feed Total inventory 2.3 million head, placements 450,000, marketings 455,000



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