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Texas Cattle On Feed Report

October 24

Published Oct. 24, 2011 @ 9:31 p.m.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.95 million head on October 1, up 12 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was up 2 percent from the September 1 level. Producers placed 560,000 head in commercial feedlots during September, down 3 percent from a year ago and down 10 percent from last month.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 490,000 head during September, up 3 percent from last year but down 9 percent from last month.

On October 1, there were 2.51 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 85 percent of the state's total. The number on feed across the area was up 10 percent from last year and up 1 percent from the September total.

September placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 478,000 head, down 13 percent from the August total. Marketings were down 10 percent from last month to 431,000 head.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States in feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 11.3 million head on October 1, 2011. The inventory was 5 percent above October 1, 2010 and the second highest October 1 inventory on record.

Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.47 million head, slightly above September 2010. September placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 685,000 head; 600-699 pounds totaled 415,000 head; 700-799 pounds totaled 504,000 head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 865,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.81 million head, 1 percent above 2010.

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