Cattle on Feed Down 5%

April 16, 2009 07:00 PM
 


Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.2 million head on April 1, 2009. The inventory was 5% below April 1, 2008, according to the Cattle on Feed Report released today.

The inventory included 6.98 million steers and steer calves, down 5% from the previous year. This group accounted for 63% of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.12 million head, down 4% from 2008.

Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.80 million, 4% above 2008. Net placements were 1.75 million head. During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 300,000, 600-699 pounds were 340,000, 700-799 pounds were 592,000 and 800 pounds and greater were 570,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 1.83 million, 1% below 2008.

Other disappearance totaled 50,000 during March, 21% below 2008. This is the lowest other disappearance for the month of March since the series began in 1996.

COF Report

USDA

Average

Range

% of year-ago levels

On Feed

95

95.6

95.0-97.5

Placements

104

103.8

95.6-112.3

Marketings

99

99.2

97.0-100.4

 

 

Cattle on Feed:  Number on Feed, Placements, Marketings, and          
                 Other Disappearance, 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots,                 
                        United States, April 1, 2008-2009                       
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                                       :          Number           : 2009 as %  
                  Item                 :----------------------------------------
                                       :    2008     :    2009     :  of 2008   
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                                       :   ---- 1,000 Head ----       Percent   
                                       :                                        
On Feed Mar 1                          :   11,853        11,228          95     
Placed on Feed During Mar              :    1,736         1,802         104     
Fed Cattle Marketed During Mar         :    1,842         1,828          99     
Other Disappearance During Mar         :       63            50          79     
On Feed Apr 1                          :   11,684        11,152          95     
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