Cattle on Feed Up Slightly
USDA Report, June 22
Published June 25, 2012 @ midnight
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.77 million head on June 1, up slightly from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was up 2 percent from the May 1 level. Producers placed 580 thousand head in commercial feedlots during May, up 4 percent from a year ago, and up 41 percent from the April 2012 total.
Texas commercial feeders marketed 500 thousand head during May, down 4 percent from last year but up 8 percent from last month.
On June 1, there were 2.39 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 86 percent of the state’s total. The number on feed across the area was up 2 percent from last year and up 3 percent from the May total.
May placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 507 thousand head, up 41 percent from the April total. Marketings were up 8 percent from last month to 427 thousand 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 11.1 million head on June 1, 2012. This inventory was 2 percent above June 1, 2011.
Placements in feedlots during May totaled 2.09 million head, 15 percent above May 2011. May placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 520 thousand head; 600-699 pounds totaled 365 thousand head; 700-799 pounds totaled 530 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 672 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during May totaled 2.02 million head, 1 percent above 2011.
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