Cattle On Feed

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on July 1, 2021.

Photo:  Poky Feeders (Scott City, KS)

Cattle On Feed (2020 vs. 2021)

United States Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on July 1, 2021. The inventory was 1 percent below July 1, 2020. The inventory included 6.98 million steers and steer calves, down 1 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 62 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.32 million head, down 2 percent from 2020.

Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.67 million head, 7 percent below 2020. Net placements were 1.61 million head. During June, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 345,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 260,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 375,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 405,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 195,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 90,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during June totaled 2.02 million head, 3 percent above 2020.

Other disappearance totaled 57,000 head during June, 8 percent below 2020.

Cattle On Feed Inventory

Cattle On Feed Placements

Cattle On Feed Marketings