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Cattle on Feed Numbers Down on April 1st

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Minnesota for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 130,000 head on April 1, 2020, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. 

This is down 5,000 head from last month and down 20,000 head from last year. 

Placements during March totaled 12,000 head, down 1,000 head from February and down 5,000 head from last year. 

Marketings for March were 16,000 head, up 4,000 head from last month but unchanged from last year. 

Other disappearance totaled 1,000 head. 

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on April 1, 2020. 

The inventory was 5 percent below April 1, 2019. 

The inventory included 7.08 million steers and steer calves, down 5 percent from the previous year. 

This group accounted for 63 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.22 million head, down 7 percent from 2019. 

Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.56 million head, 23 percent below 2019. 

Placements were the lowest for March since the series began in 1996. Net placements were 1.50 million head. 

During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 310,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 220,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 410,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 402,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 155,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 60,000 head. 

Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 2.01 million head, 13 percent above 2019. 

Marketings were the second highest for March since the series began in 1996. 


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