California Cattle on Feed
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in California for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 415,000 head on June 1, 2016. The inventory was unchanged from last month and down 10 percent from June 1, 2015. During May, placements in feedlots totaled 54,000 head, unchanged from the previous year. Marketings of fed cattle during May totaled 50,000 head, up 28 percent from May 2015. Other disappearance totaled 4,000 head during May, 20 percent below May 2015.
United States Cattle on Feed
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.8 million head on June 1, 2016. The inventory was up 2 percent from June 1, 2015. Placements in feedlots during May totaled 1.88 million head, 10 percent above from 2015. Net placements were 1.81 million head. During May, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 305,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 250,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 479,000 head, and 800 pounds and greater were 850,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during May totaled 1.79 million head, 5 percent above from last year. Other disappearance totaled 74,000 head during May, 4 percent below from previous year.
Pacific Region Commercial Slaughter
California’s production of red meat during May 2016 totaled 106 million pounds (dressed weight), 3 percent above than May 2015. This figure includes slaughter in Federally-inspected and state-inspected plants, but excludes farm slaughter. In May 2016, the average live weight of cattle slaughtered in California was 1,367 pounds, calves averaged 97 pounds, sheep and lambs averaged 146 pounds, and hogs averaged 241 pounds. In Hawaii, 700,000 pounds of red meat were produced in May 2016, and 100,000 pounds of red meat were produced in Nevada.
United States Commercial Slaughter
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.00 billion pounds in May, 2016, 5 percent above the 3.81 billion pounds produced in May 2015.
Beef production, at 2.03 billion pounds, was 5 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.51 million head, up 6 percent from May 2015.
Veal production totaled 6.00 million pounds, 9 percent below May a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 35,500 head, up 7 percent from May 2015.
Pork production totaled 1.95 billion pounds, up 5 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.18 million head, up 5 percent from May 2015.
Lamb and mutton production, at 13.0 million pounds, was 9 percent above from May 2015. Sheep slaughter totaled 185,300 head, up 9 percent from last year.
California Milk Production
California milk producers had a total of 1.77 million milk cows for May that produced 3.55 billion pounds of milk. Milk production is up 2 percent from April, 2016 and down 3 percent from May 2015. Monthly milk per cow averaged 2,005 pounds, up 40 pounds from April 2016.
Pacific Region Livestock Review (.pdf) full report.