Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.23 million cattle on feed on August 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. This inventory was up 13 percent from last year. This is the highest August inventory since the data series began in 1994.

Placements in feedlots during July totaled 410,000 head, up 5 percent from 2011. This ties 2009 for the highest July placements since the data series began in 1994. Marketings of fed cattle during July totaled 440,000 head, up 6 percent from last year. Other disappearance during July totaled 10,000 head, compared with 15,000 head during 2011.