Area USDA January cattle on feed reports

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

South Dakota cattle on feed unchanged

SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 245,000 cattle on feed on January 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was unchanged from last year.

Placements during December totaled 40,000 head, down 20 percent from 2018.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of December totaled 43,000 head, up 8 percent from last year.

Other disappearance during December totaled 2,000 head, down 3,000 head from last year.

Minnesota cattle on feed down 20,000 head

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Minnesota for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 135,000 head on January 1, 2020, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. This is down 5,000 head from December 1, 2019, and down 20,000 head from January 1, 2019.

Placements during December totaled 10,000 head, down 15,000 head from November 2019 and down 2,000 head from December 2018. Marketings for December were 14,000 head, unchanged from November 2019 but down 2,000 head from December 2018. Other disappearance totaled 1,000 head.

Iowa cattle on feed down 3 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 670,000 head on January 1, 2020, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. This was down 3 percent from both December 1, 2019, and January 1, 2019.

Placements of cattle and calves in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during December 2019 totaled 72,000 head, down 35 percent from November 2019 and down 15 percent from December 2018. Marketings of fed cattle from Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during December 2019 totaled 90,000 head, up 18 percent from November 2019 but down 2 percent from December 2018. Other disappearance from feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head in Iowa totaled 2,000 head.

Note: Iowa cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head estimates will be released on January 31, 2020.

Nebraska cattle on feed down 4 percent

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.46 million cattle on feed on January 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 4 percent from last year.

Placements during December totaled 465,000 head, up 13 percent from 2018.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of December totaled 470,000 head, up 9 percent from last year.

Other disappearance during December totaled 15,000 head, down 5,000 head from last year.

U.S. 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 12.0 million head on January 1, 2020. The inventory was 2 percent above January 1, 2019. The inventory included 7.37 million steers and steer calves, up 1 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 62 percent of the total inventory.

Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.59 million head, up 4 percent from 2019.

Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.83 million head, 3 percent above 2019. Net placements were 1.76 million head. During December, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 465,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 455,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 413,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 295,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 95,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 105,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 1.83 million head, 5 percent above 2018.

Other disappearance totaled 67,000 head during December, 11 percent below 2018.