Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 1.96 million cattle on feed Oct. 1, according to the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service.

This inventory was up 1% from last year, but 7% below Oct. 1, 2000.

Placements during September totaled 450,000 head, unchanged form last year, but 20% below two years ago.

Fed cattle marketings for September totaled 335,000 head, up 6% from last year, but 9% below 2000. Other disappearance during September totaled 5,000 head, compared with 5,000 head during September, 2001, and 10,000 head during September, 2000.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head, totaled 10.4 million head Oct. 1, 2002. The inventory was 6% below Oct. 1, 2001, and 5% below Oct. 1, 2000.

Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.19 million, 2% above 2001, but 19% below 2000.

Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.85 million, 1% above 2001, but 7% below 2000. Other disappearance totaled 53,000 during September, 15% above 2001, but 2% below 2000.

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