Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,290,000 on March 1, 2014 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Cattle on Feed report. The inventory is up 2 percent from February 1, 2014 and unchanged from March 1, 2013. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had 670,000 head on feed, up 2 percent from last month and up 6 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head had 620,000 head on feed, up 2 percent from last month but down 6 percent from last year.

Placements during February totaled 131,000 head, a decrease of 27 percent from last month but up 19 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head placed 86,000 head, down 25 percent from last month but up 41 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head placed 45,000 head. This is down 31 percent from last month and down 8 percent from last year.

Marketings for February were 107,000 head, down 19 percent from last month and down 5 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head marketed 74,000 head, up 4 percent from last month and up 9 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head marketed 33,000 head, down 46 percent from last month and down 27 percent from last year. Other disappearance totaled 4,000 head.