Some Unexpected Numbers in New Cattle on Feed Report

Dan Cattle, Marketing

Cattle on Feed Report
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their August Cattle on Feed Report Friday, and the new numbers show cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head was 11.2 million head on

August 1, 2022. That is up 1 percent compared to August 1, 2021 and is the second highest August 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

According to a story from Gary Crawford, the report managed to surprise some industry analysts.

Some Unexpected Numbers in New Cattle on Feed Report

The report shows placements in feedlots during July totaled 1.77 million head, 2 percent above 2021. Net placements were 1.71 million head. During July, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 410,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 280,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 400,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 405,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 195,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 75,000 head.

Marketing’s of fed cattle during July totaled 1.83 million head, 4 percent below 2021.