Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,030,000 on October 1, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office. The inventory is down 2 percent from September 1, 2014, and down 5 percent from October 1, 2013. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had 560,000 head on feed, down 3 percent from last month but up 2 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head had 470,000 head on feed unchanged from last month but down 11 percent from last year.

Placements during September totaled 192,000 head, an increase of 60 percent from last month but down 4 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head placed 99,000 head, up 57 percent from last month and up 11 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head placed 93,000 head. This is up 63 percent from last month but down 17 percent from last year.

Marketings for September were 204,000 head, up 43 percent from last month and up 10 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head marketed 114,000 head, up 43 percent from last month and up 31 percent from last year. This marks Iowa’s second largest number of cattle on feed marketed for feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head in any month since records began in 1994. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head marketed 90,000 head, up 43 percent from last month but down 8 percent from last year. Other disappearance totaled 8,000 head.