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September 1 Cattle on Feed Up 14 Percent from Last Year

Published Sept. 24, 2011 @ 2:55 p.m.

The latest report from USDA states that cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.9 million head on September 1, up 14 percent from a year ago.  According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was 2 percent higher than the revised August 1 level. Producers placed 620,000 head in commercial feedlots during August, up 15 percent from a year ago, but down 2 percent from the July 2011 total.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 540,000 head during August, up 8 percent from last year and up 16 percent from last month.

On September 1, there were 2.48 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 13 percent from last year and up 2 percent from the August total.

August placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 548,000 head. Marketings were totaled 481,000 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 10.7 million head on September 1, 2011. This inventory was 5 percent above September 1, 2010.

Placements in feedlots during August totaled 2.25 million head, 1 percent below August 2010. August placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 715,000 head; 600-699 pounds totaled 370,000 head; 700-799 pounds totaled 477,000 head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 690,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 2.05 million head, 7 percent above 2010.

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