May Cattle On Feed Report...

Released by USDA on May 24, 2024

United States Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.6 million head on May 1, 2024. The inventory was 1 percent below May 1, 2023.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.66 million head, 6 percent below 2023. Net placements were 1.60 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 335,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 220,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 375,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 451,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 205,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.87 million head, 10 percent above 2023.

Other disappearance totaled 56,000 head during April, 10 percent above 2023.


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Cattle on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots as of May 1st
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Cattle Placed on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in April

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Cattle Marketed from 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in April

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Cattle on Feed by State
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