Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,295,000 on March 1, 2015, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Cattle on Feed report. The inventory is up 2 percent from February 1, 2015, and up 5,000 head from March 1, 2014. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had 660,000 head on feed, up 2 percent from last month but down 1 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head had 635,000 head on feed, up 3 percent from last month and up 2 percent from last year.

Placements during February totaled 147,000 head, a decrease of 21 percent from last month but up 12 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head placed 85,000 head, down 6 percent from last month and down 1 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head placed 62,000 head. This is down 35 percent from

last month but up 38 percent from last year.

Marketings for February were 114,000 head, down 15 percent from last month but up 7 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head marketed 74,000 head, down 5 percent from last month but unchanged from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head marketed 40,000 head, down 29 percent from last month but up

21 percent from last year. Other disappearance totaled 3,000 head.

United States Cattle on Feed

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.7 million head on March 1, 2015. The inventory was 1 percent below March 1, 2014. 

Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.52 million, 8 percent below 2014. Net placements were 1.46 million head. During February, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 330,000,

600-699 pounds were 270,000, 700-799 pounds were 388,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 535,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during February totaled 1.52 million, 2 percent below 2014. February marketings are the lowest since the series began in 1996. Other disappearance totaled 62,000 during February, 13 percent below 2014.

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