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MN Cattle on Feed Unchanged; US Numbers 2nd Highest Since 1996

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Minnesota for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 115,000 head on February 1, 2021, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. 

This is unchanged from last month but down 20,000 head from last year. 

Placements during January totaled 15,000 head, up 6,000 head from December, but down 2,000 head from last year. 

Marketings for January were 14,000 head, down 4,000 head from last month and down 2,000 head 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 12.1 million head on February 1, 2021. 

The inventory was 1% above February 1, 2020. 

This is the second highest February 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. Placements in feedlots during January totaled 2.02 million head, 3% above 2020. Net placements were 1.96 million head. 

During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 410,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 440,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 575,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 417,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 105,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head. 

Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.82 million head, 6% below 2020. 

Other disappearance totaled 56,000 head during January, 4% above 2020. 

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head represented 81.4% of all cattle and calves on feed in the United States on January 1, 2021. 

This is comparable to the 81.6% on January 1, 2020. 

Marketings of fed cattle for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head during 2020 represented 87.1% of total cattle marketed from all feedlots in the United States, up slightly from 87% during 2019.

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