Cattle on Feed Down Slightly
Cattle and calves
on feed for the slaughter market in the
United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more headtotaled 10.6
million head on January 1, 2016. The inventory was slightly
below January 1, 2015. The inventory included
7.16 million steers and steer calves, up 3 percent from the previous year.
This group accounted for 68 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and
heifer calves accounted for 3.41 million head, down 7 percent from 2015.
January 1, 2016 heifers and heifer calves inventory is the lowest percent
of total January inventory since the series began in 1996.
Placements in feedlots
during December totaled 1.53 million head, 1
percent below 2014. Net placements were
1.45 million head. During December, placements of cattle and calves weighing
less than 600 pounds were 375,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 355,000 head,
700-799 pounds were 355,000 head, and 800 pounds and greater were 440,000
Marketings of fed
cattle during December totaled 1.67 million head, 1 percent above
totaled 78,000 head during December, 8 percent above 2014.