Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,210,000 on January 1, 2015, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office. The inventory is up 5 percent from December 1, 2014, but down 2 percent from January 1, 2014. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had 640,000 head on feed, up 3 percent from last month and last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head had 570,000 head on feed, up 8 percent from last month but down 7 percent from last year.

Placements during December totaled 196,000 head, a decrease of 17 percent from last month but up 3 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head placed 101,000 head, down 20 percent from last month but up 5 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head placed 95,000 head. This is down 14 percent from last month but unchanged from last year.

Marketings for December were 130,000 head, down 24 percent from last month and down 21 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head marketed 80,000 head, down 16 percent from last month and down 5 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head marketed 50,000 head, down 33 percent from last month and down 37 percent from last year. Other disappearance totaled 6,000 head.

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