Analysts see expansion of cow herd through 2018.
In August, placements in feedlots advanced 3 percent to 1.93 million head. Net placements were 1.88 million head, according to NASS.
August placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 lbs. were 360,000 head, 600-699 lbs. were 285,000 head, 700-799 lbs. were 418,000 head, 800-899 lbs. were 485,000 head, 900-999 lbs. were 270,000 head, and 1,000 lbs. and greater were 110,000 head, NASS said.
Marketings of fed cattle during August were ahead of 2016 totals by 6 percent, or 1.98 million head, which was slightly below the June total marketings. Meanwhile, other disappearance totaled 49,000 head during August, 20 percent above 2016.