Cattle placements were down 4% from last year. Nebraska placements fell 175,00 head to 485,000 head. The 27 month placement low for Nebraska was set in March of 2013 at 350,000 head. Texas placements fell 135,000 to 385,000 head. December marks the first time in the past five months that placements have fallen in Texas. 

Placements Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Change Report
  US 1,720,000 2,007,000 2,357,000 1,792,000 -565,000 Report
  Texas 410,000 445,000 520,000 385,000 -135,000 Report
  Nebraska 425,000 520,000 660,000 485,000 -175,000 Report
  Kansas 410,000 400,000 420,000 320,000 -100,000 Report
  Oklahoma 50,000 55,000 60,000 45,000 -15,000 Report
  Colorado 145,000 200,000 210,000 155,000 -55,000 Report
  Iowa 63,000 99,000 132,000 117,000 -15,000 Report
  South Dakota 30,000 50,000 84,000 53,000 -31,000 Report
  California 40,000 43,000 53,000 62,000 9,000 Report
  Arizona 21,000 20,000 22,000 26,000 4,000 Report
  Idaho 33,000 64,000 61,000 43,000 -18,000 Report