December Cattle On Feed Report...

Released by USDA on December 23, 2022

United States Cattle on Feed Down 3 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 11.7 million head on December 1, 2022. The inventory was 3 percent below December 1, 2021.

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 1.93 million head, 2 percent below 2021. Net placements were 1.87 million head. During November, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 540,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 465,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 405,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 290,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 135,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 90,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 1.89 million head, 1 percent above 2021. Marketings were the highest for November since the series began in 1996.

Other disappearance totaled 57,000 head during November, 7 percent below 2021.


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Cattle on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots as of November 1st
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Cattle Placed on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in October

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Cattle Marketed from 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in October

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Cattle on Feed by State
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