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Cattle on Feed, Mid-Year Cattle Inventory Reports


News Staff - July 24, 2020

United States Cattle on Feed Down Slightly
First Look…..
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.4 million head on July 1, 2020. The inventory was slightly below July 1, 2019. This is the second highest July 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

The inventory included 7.03 million steers and steer calves, up slightly from the previous year. This group accounted for 61 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for  4.41 million head, down 1 percent from 2019.

Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.80 million head, 2 percent above 2019. Net placements were 1.74 million head. During June, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 430,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 310,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 360,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 413,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 200,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 85,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during June totaled 1.97 million head, 1 percent above 2019.

Other disappearance totaled 62,000 head during June, 6 percent below 2019.

Mid-Year Cattle Inventory
July 1 Cattle Inventory Up Slightly
All cattle and calves in the United States on July 1, 2020 totaled  103 million head, slightly above the 103 million head on July 1, 2019.

All cows and heifers that have calved totaled 41.4 million head, slightly below the 41.6 million head on July 1, 2019. Beef cows, at 32.1 million head, down 1 percent from a year ago. Milk cows, at 9.35 million head, up 1 percent from previous year.

All heifers 500 pounds and over on July 1, 2020 totaled 16.5 million head, 1 percent above the 16.4 million head on  July 1, 2019. Beef replacement heifers, at 4.40 million head, unchanged from a year ago. Milk replacement heifers, at  4.10 million head, unchanged from previous year. Other heifers, at 8.00 million head, 1 percent above a year earlier.

Steers 500 pounds and over on July 1, 2020 totaled 15.0 million head, up 2 percent from July 1, 2019.
Bulls 500 pounds and over on July 1, 2020 totaled 2.10 million head, unchanged from previous year.
Calves under 500 pounds on July 1, 2020 totaled 28.0 million head, down slightly from a year earlier.



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