Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.47 million head on October 1, 2014, up 1 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was up 1 percent from the September 1, 2014 level. Producers placed 445 thousand head in commercial feedlots during September, down 5 percent from a year ago but up 9 percent from August.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 410 thousand head during September, down 5 percent from 2013 and down 1 percent from August.

On October 1, there were 2.17 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 88 percent of the state's total. The number on feed across the area was up 3 percent from last year and up 1 percent from the September 1 total.

September placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 398 thousand head, up 8 percent from the August total. Marketings were down 3 percent from last month to 365 thousand head.