23 April 2012
- USDA Cattle on Feed - April 2012
- What It All Means - Expert Commentary
- In the News - What the Media Says
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USDA Cattle on Feed - April 2012
United States Cattle on Feed Up Two Per Cent
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.5 million head on April 1, 2012. The inventory was two per cent above April 1, 2011. The inventory included 7.17 million steers and steer calves, up one per cent from the previous year. This group accounted for 62 per cent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.25 million head, up four per cent from 2011.
Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.79 million, six per cent below 2011. Net placements were 1.72 million head. During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 390,000, 600-699 pounds were 300,000, 700-799 pounds were 500,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 602,000.
Marketing of fed cattle during March totaled 1.92 million, four per cent below 2011.
Other disappearance totaled 69,000 during March, 30 per cent above 2011.
Cattle on Feed Inventory on 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots – United States
Number of Cattle Placed on 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots –United States
Number of Cattle Marketed on 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots –United States
What the commentators and industry thinkers read into this data:
Cattle on Feed
USDA's March cattle on feed report said placements were lower and marketings higher than the pre-release trade forecasts. That combination of errors meant that the number of cattle on feed April 1 was exactly what the trade forecast, writes Ron Plain, University of Missouri.
More to follow soon...
In The News - What The Media Says
- Regional Differences in Cattle Markets Grow - Livestock Marketing
Reliability of Cattle on Feed Estimates
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USDA Cattle on Feed - April 2012 - USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
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