There were 1,355,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market in all feedlots in Iowa on May 1, 2010, down 1 percent from April 1, 2010, but up 2 percent from May 1, 2009. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had 600,000 head on feed, unchanged from last month, but up 11 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head had 755,000 head on feed, down 3 percent from last month and down 4 percent from last year.

Placements during April totaled 142,000 head, up 2 percent from last month and up 8 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head placed 76,000 head, down 1 percent from last month and down 4 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head placed 66,000 head. This is up 6 percent from last month and up 27 percent from last year.

Marketings for April were 156,000 head, down 5 percent from last month, but up 17 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head marketed 72,000 head, down 14 percent from last month, but up 6 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head marketed 84,000 head, up 5 percent from last month and up 29 percent from last year. Other disappearance totaled 6,000 head.