Cattle on Feed Report

No Major Surprises in Latest USDA Cattle on Feed Report

Dan Cattle, USDA-NASS

Cattle on Feed Report
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released their December Cattle on Feed Report, which shows the number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more was 12.0 million head on December 1st. According to a story from Gary Crawford, that is slightly below December 1 of last year and pretty much what most analysts had expected.

No Major Surprises in Latest USDA Cattle on Feed Report

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 1.97 million head, 4 percent above 2020. Net placements were 1.91 million head. During November, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 565,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 485,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 405,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 296,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 130,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 90,000 head.

Marketing’s of fed cattle during November totaled 1.87 million head, 5 percent above 2020. That is the highest for November since the series began in 1996. November 2021 included one additional day of slaughter compared to last year.


Excerpt from the December Cattle on Feed Report from USDA/NASS:

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 1.97 million head, 4 percent above 2020. Net placements were 1.91 million head. During November, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 565,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 485,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 405,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 296,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 130,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 90,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 1.87 million head, 5 percent above 2020. Marketings were the highest for November since the series began in 1996. November 2021 included one additional day of slaughter compared to …..

Read the full USDA/NASS Cattle on Feed Report here.