Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.14 million cattle on feed Jan. 1, according to the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service.

This inventory was down 4% from last year and 11% below Jan. 1, 2001.

Placements during December totaled 340,000 head, up 13% from 2001, but equal to 2000.

Fed cattle marketings for December totaled 370,000 head, up 14% from last year and 9% above December, 2000. Other disappearance during December totaled 10,000 head, compared with 15,000 head during December, 2001, and 10,000 head during December, 2000.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States, for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head, totaled 10.6 million head Jan. 1, 2003. The inventory was 8% below Jan. 1, 2002, and 10% below Jan. 1, 2001.

Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.59 million, 1% above 2001, but 6% below 2000.

Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 1.80 million, 1% below 2001, but 3% above 2000. Other disappearance totaled 99,000 during December, 6% above 2001 and 4% above 2000.

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