Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,310,000 on April 1, 2013 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office.

The inventory is down 2 percent from March 1, 2013 and down 5 percent from April 1, 2012. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had 630,000 head on feed, down 2 percent from last month and down 6 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head had 680,000 head on feed, down 1 percent from last month and down 4 percent from last year.

Placements during March totaled 131,000 head, an decrease of 6 percent from last month and down 2 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head placed 71,000 head, unchanged from last month but down 3 percent from last year.

Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head placed 60,000 head. This is down 13 percent from last month but unchanged from last year. Marketings for March were 145,000 head, up 18 percent from last month and up 1 percent from last year.

Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head marketed 77,000 head, up 13 percent from last month and up 8 percent from last year.

Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head marketed 68,000 head, up 24 percent from last month but down 7 percent from last year. Other disappearance totaled 6,000 head.