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 11.8 million head on February 1, 2024

Cattle On Feed (2023 vs. 2024)

United States Cattle on Feed Up Slightly

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.8 million head on February 1, 2024. The inventory was slightly above February 1, 2023.

Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.79 million head, 7 percent below 2023. Net placements were 1.71 million head. During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 370,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 395,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 475,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 377,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 105,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.84 million head, slightly below 2023.  

Other disappearance totaled 81,000 head during January, 29 percent above 2023.

Cattle on Feed and Annual Size Group Estimates

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head represented 82.7 percent of all cattle and calves on feed in the United States on January 1, 2024. This is comparable to the 82.6 percent on January 1, 2023.

Marketings of fed cattle for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head during 2023 represented 87.3 percent of total cattle marketed from all feedlots in the United States, up slightly from 87.2 percent during 2022.

Cattle On Feed Inventory


Cattle On Feed Placements


Cattle On Feed Marketings