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U.S. Cattle on Feed Down 5 Percent
USAgNet - 07/27/2009

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 9.8 million head on July 1, 2009. The inventory was 5 percent below July 1, 2008. The inventory included 5.99 million steers and steer calves, down 7 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 61 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.72 million head, down 3 percent from 2008.

Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.39 million, 8 percent below 2008. Net placements were 1.33 million head. During June, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 315,000, 600-699 pounds were 290,000, 700-799 pounds were 371,000 and 800 pounds and greater were 415,000. This is the second lowest placements for the month of June since the series began in 1996.

Marketings of fed cattle during June totaled 1.99 million, 1 percent above 2008. This is the second lowest fed cattle marketings for the month of June since the series began in 1996.

Other disappearance totaled 57,000 during June, 5 percent below 2008.

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