Area USDA March 2020 cattle on feed reports

U.S. Department of Agriculture
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South Dakota cattle on feed down 8 percent

SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 240,000 cattle on feed on March 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 8 percent from last year.

Placements during February totaled 36,000 head, down 14 percent from 2019.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of February totaled 33,000 head, down 3 percent from last year.

Other disappearance during February totaled 3,000 head, unchanged from last year.

Minnesota cattle on feed down 15,000 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 March 1, 2020, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. This is unchanged from last month but down 15,000 head from last year.

Placements during February totaled 13,000 head, down 4,000 head from last month and down 1,000 head from last year. Marketings for February were 12,000 head, down 4,000 head from last month and down 6,000 head from last year. Other disappearance totaled 1,000 head.

Iowa cattle on feed down 6 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 March 1, 2020, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. This was unchanged from February, but down 6 percent from March 1, 2019. Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head had 625,000 head on feed, down 2 percent from last month and down 3 percent from last year. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in all Iowa feedlots totaled 1,295,000 head, down 1 percent from last month and down 4 percent from last year.

Placements of cattle and calves in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during February totaled 108,000 head, down 3 percent from January and down 19 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head placed 69,000 head, down 22 percent from January but up 44 percent from last year. Placements for all feedlots in Iowa totaled 177,000 head, down 11 percent from January and down 2 percent from last year.

Marketings of fed cattle from Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head during February totaled 106,000 head, down 2 percent from January and down 3 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head marketed 79,000 head, up 27 percent from January and up 103 percent from last year. Marketings for all feedlots in Iowa were 185,000 head, up 9 percent from January and up 25 percent from last year. Other disappearance from all feedlots in Iowa totaled 7,000 head.

Note: This report is a combination of estimates from the USDA Cattle on Feed survey for Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-funded Cattle on Feed survey for Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head.

Nebraska cattle on feed down 4 percent

LINCOLN, Neb. March 20, 2020 — Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.50 million cattle on feed on March 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 4 percent from last year.

Placements during February totaled 450,000 head, down 1 percent from 2019.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of February totaled 420,000 head, up 1 percent from last year.

Other disappearance during February totaled 10,000 head, down 10,000 head from last year.

United States cattle on feed up slightly

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.8 million head on March 1, 2020. The inventory was slightly above March 1, 2019.

Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.71 million head, 8 percent below 2019. Net placements were 1.65 million head. During February, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 340,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 315,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 470,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 411,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 115,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 60,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during February totaled 1.78 million head, 5 percent above 2019.

Other disappearance totaled 58,000 head during February, 12 percent below 2019.