U.S. Cattle On Feed Up

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.5 million head on January 1, 2011.

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.5 million head on Jan. 1, 2011. The inventory was 5% above Jan. 1, 2010, and included 7.18 million steers and steer calves, up 4% from the previous year. This group accounted for 62% of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.26 million head, up 5% from 2010.


Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.80 million, 16% above 2009. Net placements were 1.73 million head. During December, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 lbs. were 480,000 head; 600-699 lbs. were 495,000 head; 700-799 lbs. were 440,000; and 800 lbs. and greater were 380,000.


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