Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 9,752,000 head on July 1, 2009, down 655,000 head from last month.  Inventory dropped 190,000 head in Nebraska and 160,000 head in Kansas.  

Feedlot occupancy dropped to 58.40 percent from 62.32 percent last month. 

Recently, CanFax released Canada’s current cattle on feed numbers for terminal feedlots with 1,000 or more head in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. According to the numbers, Canada’s cattle on feed equaled 770,936 head on July 1. This was 1.6 percent less than one year ago and was 13.0 percent less than two years ago.

Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1,391,000, down 247,000 head from last month.  Net placements were 1.33 million head.  Placements dropped in Texas by 75,000 head from last month.  Placements dropped 40,000 head in Nebraska and Kansas.  Placements in Canada dropped 25,877 head. 

During June, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 315,000, 600-699 pounds were 290,000, 700-799 pounds were 371,000 and 800 pounds and greater were 415,000.  This is the second lowest placements for the month of June since the series began in 1996.

Marketings of fed cattle during June totaled 1,989,000 head, up 37,000 head from last month. This is the second lowest fed cattle marketings for the month of June since the series began in 1996.   Marketings were up 30,000 head in Kansas and down 20,000 head in Texas. 

Other disappearance totaled 57,000, down 44,000 head from last month.