Monthly Cattle On Feed Report...

For December of 2018

United States Cattle on Feed Up 2 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 11.7 million head on December 1, 2018. The inventory was 2 percent above December 1, 2017.


Placements in feedlots during November totaled 2.00 million head, 5 percent below 2017.  Net placements were 1.92 million head. During November, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 550,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 495,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 416,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 315,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 115,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 105,000 head.


Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 1.87 million head, 1 percent above 2017. Marketings were the highest for November since the series began in 1996.


Other disappearance totaled 80,000 head during November, 13 percent above 2017.

Complete November Cattle On Feed Report

Cattle on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots as of December 1st

Millions of Head

Cattle Placed on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in November
Millions of Head

Cattle Marketed from 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in November 

Millions of Head

Cattle on Feed by State as of December 1st

Thousands of Head