United States Cattle on Feed Down 5 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for
 feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.6 million head on
 January 1, 2014. The inventory was 5 percent below January 1, 2013. The
 inventory included 6.78 million steers and steer calves, down 4 percent from
 the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total
 inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.73 million head, down
 8 percent from 2013.

 Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.68 million, 1 percent above
 2012. Net placements were 1.60 million head. During December, placements of
 cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 485,000, 600-699 pounds
 were 420,000, 700-799 pounds were 391,000, and 800 pounds and greater were

 Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 1.74 million, 1 percent
 below 2012.

 Other disappearance totaled 77,000 during December, 4 percent above 2012.

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