North & South Dakota Cattle on Feed numbers for October 1

South Dakota

South Dakota’s 1,000+ capacity feedlots reported 205,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on October 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is the same level as last year but up 15,000 head from a month earlier.

Placements during September totaled 51,000 head, down 6,000 head from last year but up 6,000 head from August 2011.

Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 35,000 head, down 10,000 head from last year and down 13,000 head from August 2011.

Other disappearance during September totaled 1,000 head, down 1,000 head from last year and down 1,000 head from August 2011.

 

North Dakota

Feedlots in North Dakota with a capacity of 500 head or more totaled 151 operations on January 1, 2008, up from 130 operations on May 1, 2005. Feedlot capacity increased from 189,000 head to 226,300 head. The mix of cattle on feed on January 1, 2008 was 47 percent steers, 41 percent heifers and 12 percent cows and bulls, compared with 41 percent steers and 59 percent heifers on May 1, 2005. Cattle on feed totaled 241,000 head in 2007, up slightly from 2004. The 241,000 head on feed in 2007 were split between 56 percent backgrounded and 44 percent finished for slaughter. The 240,000 head of cattle on feed in 2004 were split between 63 percent backgrounded and 37 percent finished for slaughter. A total of 102,700 head of cattle were finished for slaughter in 2007. Data were not available for the percentage of cows and bulls being fed on May 1, 2005, and the number of cattle finished for slaughter in 2004.

During 2007, producers reported marketing 25 percent of their cattle on feed in the first quarter, 29 percent in the second quarter, 21 percent in the third quarter, and 25 percent in the final quarter of 2007. Producers also reported that Dried Distillers Grains made up an average of 16 percent, or 4 pounds, of the daily ration for cattle that were on feed. Wet Distillers Grains made up an average of 24 percent, or 9 pounds, of the daily ration for cattle that were on feed.

The southwest district had the highest number of cattle on feed, 35,100 head, and the highest number of cattle finished annually, 29,800 head. The southeast district had the second highest number of cattle on feed, 34,800 head, and the second highest number of cattle finished annually, 19,000 head. The west central district had the third highest number of cattle on feed, 18,200 head along with the number of cattle finished annually at 11,900 head. The southeast district had the highest number of feedlots, 41, as well as the highest feedlot capacity, 54,800 head. The west central district had the second highest number of feedlots, 27, as well as the third highest feedlot capacity,  42,900 head. The southwest district had the third highest number of feedlots, 26, as well as the second highest feedlot capacity, 45,000 head.

 

Sources: USDA NASS SD & ND Field Offices