August Cattle On Feed Report...

Released by USDA on August 20, 2021

U.S. Cattle on Feed Down 2%; Placements Down 8%; Marketings Down 5%


  • Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on August 1, 2021. The inventory was 2 percent below August 1, 2020.
  • Placements in feedlots during July totaled 1.74 million head, 8 percent below 2020. Net placements were 1.68 million head. During July, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 375,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 255,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 410,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 424,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 205,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head.
  • Marketings of fed cattle during July totaled 1.90 million head, 5 percent below 2020.
  • Other disappearance totaled 55,000 head during July, 4 percent below 2020.
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Cattle on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots as of August 1st
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Cattle Placed on Feed in 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in July

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Cattle Marketed from 1,000+ Capacity Feedlots in July

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Cattle on Feed by State as of August 1st
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