Cattle on feed climbs 3%

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WASHINGTON – United States cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market totaled 11.1 million head on June 1, a 3 percent gain over June 1, 2016, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the US Dept. of Agriculture said in its Cattle on Feed report. The figure is for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head.

In May, placements in feedlots totaled 2.12 million head, a 12 percent increase over 2016, NASS reported. Net placements were 2.05 million head.

Placements in May of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 lbs. were 400,000 head, 600-699 lbs. were 315,000 head, 700-799 lbs. were 529,000 head, 800-899 lbs. were 550,000 head, 900-999 lbs. were 235,000 head, and 1,000 lbs. and greater were 90,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during May totaled 1.95 million head, 9 percent above 2016, according to NASS, while other disappearance totaled 70,000 head during May, a 5 percent decline from 2016.

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