Texas cattle on feed down 3 percent

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Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.50 million head on April 1, 2014, down 3 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was up 1 percent from the March 1, 2014 level.  Producers placed 470 thousand head in commercial feedlots during March, down 11 percent from a year ago but up 15 percent from February.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 430 thousand head during March, down 10 percent from 2013 but  up 19 percent from February.

On April 1, there were 2.19 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 87 percent of the state's total. The number on feed across the area was down 2 percent from last year and up 2 percent from the March 1 total.

March placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 424 thousand head, up 14 percent from the February total. Marketings were up 18 percent from last month at 379 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 10.9 million head on April 1, 2014.

This inventory was down 1 percent from April  1, 2013. Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.80 million head, 5 percent below March 2013. March placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 425 thousand head; 600

-699 pounds totaled 290 thousand head; 700 - 799 pounds totaled 465 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater  totaled 615 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 1.66 million head, 4 percent below 2013.



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