South Dakota’s 1,000+ capacity feedlots reported 240,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on November 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is up 10,000 head from a year earlier and up 35,000 head from a month earlier.
Placements during October totaled 75,000 head, up 5,000 head from last year and up 24,000 head from September 2011.
Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 39,000 head, down 5,000 head from last year but up 4,000 head from September 2011.
Other disappearance during October totaled 1,000 head, unchanged from both last year and September 2011.
United States Cattle on Feed Up 4 Percent
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.9 million head on November 1, 2011. The inventory was 4 percent above November 1, 2010. This is the second highest November 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.
Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.49 million, 1 percent below 2010. Net placements were 2.40 million head. During October, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 805,000, 600-699 pounds were 600,000, 700-799 pounds were 501,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 585,000.
Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.79 million, 3 percent above 2010.
Other disappearance totaled 93,000 during October, 50 percent above 2010.
Source: USDA NASS SD Field Office