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Cattle On Feed Up Six Per Cent

21 February 2011
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.6 million head on February 1, 2011. The inventory was six per cent above February 1, 2010.

Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.90 million, 4 per cent above 2010. Net placements were 1.84 million head. During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 465,000, 600-699 pounds were 475,000, 700-799 pounds were 547,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 410,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.78 million, slightly above 2010.

Other disappearance totaled 56,000 during January, 20 per cent below 2010. This is the lowest other disappearance for the month of January since the series began in 1996.

2010 Cattle on Feed and Annual Size Group Estimates

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head represented 82.1 per cent of all cattle and calves on feed in the United States on January 1, 2011, up from 80.5 on January 1, 2010.

Marketings of fed cattle for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head during 2010 represented 84.6 per cent of all cattle marketed from feedlots in the United States, down from 84.7 per cent during 2009.

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