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USDA releases cattle on feed numbers


South Dakota: South Dakota's 1,000+ capacity feedlots reported 255,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on May 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is up 20,000 head from a year earlier but down 10,000 head from a month earlier.

Placements during April totaled 31,000 head, down 8,000 head from last year and down 15,000 head from March 2011.

Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 39,000 head, up 1,000 head from last year but down 5,000 head from March 2011.

Other disappearance during April totaled 2,000 head, up 1,000 head from last year but unchanged from March 2011.

Nebraska: Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.37 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. The inventory was up 6 percent from last year.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 370,000 head, down 8 percent from 2010. Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 370,000 head, down 15 percent from last year.

Other disappearance during April totaled 10,000 head, compared to 15,000 head in 2010.

Kansas: The number of cattle on feed on May 1 in Kansas feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity totaled 2.17 million head, up 2 percent from a year ago but down 1 percent from April 1. Placements during April totaled 380,000 head, up 21 percent from April 2010 but down 8 percent from March. These are the highest April placements since 2003. Marketings during April totaled 385,000 head, down 5 percent from April 2010 and down 11 percent from March. These are the lowest April marketings since 1995. Other disappearance was 15,000 head, down 5,000 head from a year ago but 5,000 head above the previous month. The percent of April placements by weight was: under 600 pounds, 16 percent; 600-699 pounds, 16 percent; 700-799 pounds, 34 percent; and 800 pounds or heavier, 34 percent.

Texas: Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.75 million head on May 1, up 10 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was down 1 percent from the April 1 level. Producers placed 510,000 head in commercial feedlots during April, up 28 percent from a year ago, and up 4 percent from the March 2011 total.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 530,000 head during April, up 4 percent from last year but down 2 percent from last month.

On May 1, there were 2.35 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 85 percent of the state's total. The number on feed across the area was up 8 percent from last year but down 1 percent from the April total.

April placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 439,000 head, up 2 percent from the March total. Marketings were down 3 percent from last month to 448,000 head.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States in feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 11.2 million head on May 1, 2011. This inventory was 7 percent above May 1, 2010.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.80 million head, 10 percent above April 2010. April placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 450,000 head; 600-699 pounds totaled 310,000 head; 700-799 pounds totaled 490,000 head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 545,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.81 million head, 3 percent below 2010.

United States: 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 May 1. The inventory was 7 percent above May 1, 2010.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.80 million, 10 percent above 2010. This is the second highest placements for the month of April since the series began in 1996.

Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.81 million, 3 percent below 2010.

Other disappearance totaled 59,000 during April, 35 percent below 2010. This is the lowest other disappearance for the month of April since the series began in 1996.

Access the national publication for this release at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/CattOnFe/CattOnFe-05-20-2011.pdf.



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