U.S. cattle on feed up 8 percent from a year ago

By Meatingplace Editors on 12/22/2017

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States, for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head, totaled 11.5 million head on Dec. 1 — an increase of 8 percent from the same period a year ago, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service said Friday.

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 2.10 million head, 14 percent above 2016. Net placements were 2.03 million head. During November, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 610,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 545,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 455,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 294,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 75,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 120,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 1.84 million head, 3 percent above 2016. Marketings were the highest for November since the series began in 1996.

Other disappearance totaled 71,000 head during November, 3 percent above 2016.