United States Cattle on Feed Up Slightly
By the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of
Released March 20, 2020
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head
totaled 11.8 million head on March 1, 2020. The inventory was slightly above March 1, 2019.
Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.71 million head, 8 percent below 2019. Net placements were
1.65 million head. During February, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 340,000 head,
600-699 pounds were 315,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 470,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 411,000 head,
900-999 pounds were 115,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 60,000 head.
Marketings of fed cattle during February totaled 1.78 million head, 5 percent above 2019.
Other disappearance totaled 58,000 head during February, 12 percent below 2019.
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