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U.S. Cattle on Feed Down 4 Percent

26 April 2010
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - The numbers of cattle and calves on feed in the US are down according to the latest statistics released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture on 23 April.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totalled 10.8 million head on April 1, 2010. The inventory was four per cent below 1 April 2009. The inventory included 6.71 million steers and steer calves, down four per cent from the previous year. This group accounted for 62 per cent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.02 million head, down three per cent from 2009.

Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.86 million, three per cent above 2009. Net placements were 1.80 million head. During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 395,000, 600-699 pounds were 375,000, 700-799 pounds were 602,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 485,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 1.90 million, four per cent above 2009.

Other disappearance totaled 60,000 during March, 20 percent above 2009. This is the second lowest other disappearance for the month of March since the series began in 1996.

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