Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.55 million head on June 1, 2014, down 3 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was up 5 percent from the May 1, 2014 level. Producers placed 580 thousand head in commercial feedlots during May, up 2 percent from a year ago and up 38 percent from April.
Texas commercial feeders marketed 450 thousand head during May, down 3 percent from 2013 and down 6 percent from April.
On June 1, there were 2.24 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 down 2 percent from last year but up 5 percent from the May 1 total.
May placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 508 thousand head, up 37 percent from the April total. Marketings were down 3 percent from last month at 400 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 10.6 million head on June 1, 2014. This inventory was down 2 percent from June 1, 2013.
Placements in feedlots during May totaled 1.91 million head, 7 percent below May 2013. May placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 435 thousand head; 600-699 pounds totaled 290 thousand head; 700-799 pounds totaled 477 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 710 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during May totaled 1.87 million head, 4 percent below 2013.