Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.88 million head on February 1, up 7 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was up 1 percent from the January 1 level. Producers placed 440,000 head in commercial feedlots during January, up 5 percent from both a year ago and the December 2010 total.
Texas commercial feeders marketed 390,000 head during January, unchanged from last year and down 2 percent from last month.
On February 1, there were 2.44 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 85 percent of the state=s total. The number on feed across the area was up 4 percent from last year and 2 percent from the January total.
January placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 391,000 head, up 13 percent from the December total. Marketings were down 3 percent from last month to 339,000 head.