Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.41 million head on May 1, 2015, down 1 percent from a year ago. Producers placed 385 thousand head in commercial feedlots during April, down 8 percent from a year ago. Texas commercial feeders marketed 435 thousand head during April, down 9 percent from 2014.

On May 1, there were 2.14 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 89 percent of the state's total. The number on feed across the area was up slightly from last year and down 2 percent from the April 1 total. April placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 340 thousand head, down 10 percent from the March total. Marketings were up 11 percent from last month to 377 thousand head. 

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Oklahoma feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 270 thousand head on May 1, 2015, up 6 percent from a year ago. Producers placed 34 thousand head in commercial feedlots during April, down 21 percent from a year ago. Oklahoma commercial feeders marketed 48 thousand head during April, down 23 percent from 2014. Other disappearance during April totaled 1 thousand head, unchanged from a year ago.

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 May 1, 2015. This inventory was up 1 percent from May 1, 2014. Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.55 million head, 5 percent below April 2014. April placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 320 thousand head; 600-699 pounds totaled 240 thousand head; 700-799 pounds totaled 348 thousand head; 800 pounds and greater totaled 640 thousand head. Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.64 million head, 8 percent below 2014.