Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.49 million cattle on feed on January 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 4 percent from last year.

Placements during December totaled 395,000 head, down 2 percent from 2013.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of December totaled 440,000 head, up 5 percent from last year. This is the highest December marketings since the data series began in 1994.

Other disappearance during December totaled 15,000 head, unchanged from last year.

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