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Texas Cattle on Feed Report

October 19

Published Oct. 22, 2012 @ 6:45 p.m.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.68 million head on October 1, 2012, down 9 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 480 thousand head in commercial feedlots during September, down 14 percent from a year ago and down 3 percent from last month.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 400 thousand head during September, down 18 percent from 2011 and down 22 percent from last month.

On October 1, there were 2.32 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 87 percent of the state's total. The number on feed across the area was down 7 percent from last year, but up 2 percent from the September 1 total.

September placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 417 thousand head, down 6 percent from the August total. Marketings were down 23 percent from last month to 352 thousand 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 11.0 million head on October 1, 2012. This inventory was down 3 percent from October 1, 2011.

Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.00 million head, 19 percent below September 2011. September placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 515 thousand head; 600-699 pounds totaled 355 thousand head; 700-799 pounds totaled 444 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 690 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.60 million head, 12 percent below 2011.

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