Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.45 million head on September 1, 2014, up 1 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was down 1 percent from the August 1, 2014 level. Producers placed 410 thousand head in commercial feedlots during August, down 7 percent from a year ago but unchanged from July.
Texas commercial feeders marketed 415 thousand head during August, down 15 percent from 2013 but unchanged from July.
On September 1, there were 2.15 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 88 percent of the state's total. The number on feed across the area was up 3 percent from last year but down 1 percent from the August 1 total.
August placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 367 thousand head, up 1 percent from the July total. Marketings were up 2 percent from last month to 375 thousand head.
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States in feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 9.80 million head on September 1, 2014. This inventory was down 1 percent from September 1, 2013.
Placements in feedlots during August totaled 1.72 million head, 3 percent below August 2013. August placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 410 thousand head; 600-699 pounds totaled 280 thousand head; 700-799 pounds totaled 395 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 635 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 1.69 million head, 10 percent below 2013.