Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.9 million head on April 1, 2017. The inventory was slightly above April 1, 2016. The inventory included 7.23 million steers and steer calves, down 2 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 66 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.67 million head, up 5 percent from 2016.
Placements in feedlots during March totaled 2.10 million head, 11 percent above 2016. Net placements were 2.05 million head. During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 350,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 295,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 620,000 head, and 800-899 pounds were 585,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 185,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were head.
Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 1.91 million head, 10 percent above 2016.
Other disappearance totaled 56,000 head during March, 10 percent below 2016.
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 April 1, 2017. The inventory was 1 percent below from last month and 1 percent below April 1, 2016. During March, placements in feedlots totaled 59,000 head, 34 percent above the previous year. Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 62,000 head, 7 percent above March 2016. Other disappearance totaled 2,000 head during March, 67 percent below March 2016.
Read the full Pacific Region Cattle on Feed Report.
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