United States Cattle on Feed Up 2 Percent


Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.0 million head on May 1, 2017. The inventory was 2 percent above May 1, 2016. 

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.85 million head, 11 percent above 2016. Net placements were 1.78 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 348,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 255,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 490,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 495,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 190,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head. 

Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.70 million head, 3 percent above 2016. 

Other disappearance totaled 66,000 head during April, 13 percent below 2016

Cattle on Feed Inventory in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots as of May 1st 
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Number of Cattle Placed on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in April 
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Number of Cattle Marketed from 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in April 
Millions of Head

Cattle on Feed by State as of May 1st

Source: USDA and The Cattle Range

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