Iowa Cattle on Feed down 2 percent

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Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,265,000 on April 1, 2014 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office. The inventory is down 2 percent from March 1, 2014 and down 5,000 head from April 1, 2013. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had 670,000 head on feed, unchanged from last month but up 6 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head had 595,000 head on feed, down 4 percent from last month and down 7 percent from last year.

Placements during March totaled 121,000 head, a decrease of 8 percent from last month but up 2 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head placed 71,000 head, down 17 percent from last month and down 1 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head placed 50,000 head. This is up 11 percent from last month and up 6 percent from last year.

Marketings for March were 141,000 head, up 32 percent from last month and up 6 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head marketed 69,000 head, down 7 percent from last month but up 1 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head marketed 72,000 head, up 39,000 head from last month and up 11 percent from last year. Other disappearance totaled 5,000 head.



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