Iowa

There were 1.165 million cattle on feed for the slaughter market in all feedlots in Iowa on March 1. The lots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more had 375,000 head on feed, down 3% from last month and up 4% from last year, while the lots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head had 790,000 head on feed, up 5% from Feb. 1 and up 12% from the revised number of a year ago.

Placements during Feb. totaled 159,000 head, down 6 % from January. Feedlots of over 1,000 head placed 39,000 head, down 35% from last month and down 30 % from Feb. 1999. Feedlots of less than a 1,000 head placed 120,000 head, up 9% from last month.

Marketings for Feb. totaled 117,000 head, up 2% from January. Feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more marketed 48,000 head, unchanged from last month and up 7% from a year earlier, while feedlots of less than 1,000 head marketed 69,000 head, up 3% from January. Other disappearance totaled 12,000 head.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.33 million head on March 1, 2000. The inventory was up 9% from the 10.42 million head on March 1, 1999, and 9% above March 1, 1998.

Placements in feedlots during Feb. totaled 1.88 million, 4% above 1999 and 26% above 1998. Net placements were 1.80 million.

During Feb., placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 351,000, 600 to 699 pounds were 476,000, 700 to 799 pounds were 596,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 457,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during Feb. totaled 2.05 million, 12% above 1999 and 11% above 1998. Other disappearance totaled 78,000 during Feb., 20% above 1999 and 13% above 1998.

Cattle on feed March 1, 2000, in the historic seven states with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 9.70 million, up 9% from the previous year and 10% above March 1, 1998.

Placements in feedlots during Feb. totaled 1.61 million, 3% above 1999 and 24% above 1998. Marketings during Feb. totaled 1.75 million, 12% above 1999 and 11% above 1998. Other disappearance during Feb. was 47,000 head, 12% above 1999 but 16% below 1998.

The year-to-year relationship for placements, marketings, and other disappearance was affected by an extra day in Feb. 2000 due to leap year. This extra day increased the percent change from Feb. 1999.

For example, adjusting placements to an average daily basis for the United States and historic seven states would indicate Feb. placements only slightly above and 1% below 1999, respectively.

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