Cattle on Feed Report
Published Feb. 24, 2012 @ 4:51 p.m.
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1 thousand head or more totaled 2.9 million head on February 1, up 1 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was down 1 percent from the January 1 level.
Producers placed 400 thousand head in commercial feedlots during January, down 7 percent from last year and unchanged from the December 2011 total.
Texas commercial feeders marketed 415 thousand head during January, up 6 percent from last year and down 1 percent from last month.
On February 1, there were 2.45 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 84 percent of the state=s total. The number on feed across the area was up 1 percent from last year but down 1 percent from the January total.
January placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 348 thousand head, up 3 percent from the December total. Marketings were down 4 percent from last month to 353 thousand head.
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States in feedlots with a capacity of 1 thousand head or more totaled 11.8 million head on February 1, 2012. This inventory was 2 percent above February 1, 2011.
Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.85 million head, 2 percent below January 2011.
January placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 445 thousand head; 600-699 pounds totaled 430 thousand head; 700-799 pounds totaled 525 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 447 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.82 million head, 2 percent above 2011.
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