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 11.2 million head on September 1, 2021. The inventory was 1 percent below September 1, 2020. This is the second highest September 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.
  • Placements in feedlots during August totaled 2.10 million head, 2 percent above 2020. Net placements were 2.05 million head. During August, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 405,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 310,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 480,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 534,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 275,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 100,000 head.
  • Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 1.89 million head, slightly below 2020.
  • Other disappearance totaled 59,000 head during August, 7 percent above 2020.

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Cattle on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots as of September 1st
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Cattle Placed on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in August

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Cattle Marketed from 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in August

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Cattle on Feed by State as of September 1st
Thousands of Head