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 March 1, 2015, down 1 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was down 2 percent from the February 1, 2015 level. Producers placed 285 thousand head in commercial feedlots during February, down 30 percent from a year ago and down 19 percent from January.
Texas commercial feeders marketed 315 thousand head during February, down 13 percent from 2014 and down 9 percent from January.
On March 1, there were 2.17 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 1 percent from last year and down 2 percent from the February 1 total.
February placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 246 thousand head, down 21 percent from the January total. Marketings were down 11 percent from last month to 273 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 10.7 million head on March 1, 2015. This inventory was down 1 percent from March 1, 2014.
Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.52 million head, 8 percent below February 2014. February placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 330 thousand head; 600-699 pounds totaled 270 thousand head; 700-799 pounds totaled 388 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 535 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during February totaled 1.52 million head, 2 percent be