LINCOLN, Neb., December 21, 2012 -- Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.53 million cattle on feed on December 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. The inventory was down 1 percent from last year.

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 465,000 head, down 3 percent from 2011.

Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 400,000 head, up 7 percent from last year. This is the highest November marketings since the data series began in 1994. Other disappearance during November totaled 15,000 head, equal to 2011.