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Cattle on Feed Report     05/24  14:30

May 1 Cattle on Feed Down 1% From Year Ago

By DTN Staff

                      USDA Actual   Average Estimate       Range
On Feed May 1             99%            99.1%        97.9-99.9%
Placed in April           94%            93.3%        86.5-98.0%
Marketed in April        110%           109.5%      104.6-110.7%

This article was originally published at 2:05 p.m. CDT on 
Friday, May 24. It was last updated with additional information 
at 2:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 24.


OMAHA (DTN) --Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market 
in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more 
head totaled 11.6 million head on May 1, 2024. The inventory was 
1% below May 1, 2023, USDA NASS reported on Friday.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.66 million head, 
6% below 2023. Net placements were 1.60 million head. During 
April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 
pounds were 335,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 220,000 head, 700-
799 pounds were 375,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 451,000 head, 
900-999 pounds were 205,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater 
were 70,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.87 million head, 
10% above 2023. 

Other disappearance totaled 56,000 head during April, 10% above 


"Friday's Cattle on Feed report came out almost identically to 
what analysts' pre-estimates predicted," said DTN Livestock 
Analyst ShayLe Stewart. "All in all, the report should be found 
to be bullish for the cattle market, as on-feed numbers are 
lower than a year ago, there were fewer cattle placed than a 
year ago, and marketings compared to a year ago were extremely 

"Not one single weight division saw greater placement numbers 
than a year ago, but compared to a month ago, there were more 
feeders placed in the following weight divisions: under 600 
pounds (5,000 head), 900 to 999 pounds (35,000 head) and 1,000 
pounds plus (10,000 head).
"In terms of marketing data, it was interesting to see that 
compared to a month ago, all the states except Iowa and 
Minnesota saw greater month-over-month marketings, with Texas, 
Oklahoma, Kansas and Idaho seeing the greatest month-over-month 
increases. That is thanks to none other than the rallying nature 
of the cash cattle market and feedlot managers' willingness to 
actively market their showlists, week in and week out.
"Friday's Cattle on Feed Report should be found to be bullish 
long term for the market, as feedlots were able to market cattle 
last month and lessen some of the inventory heading into summer. 
It's likely that the cattle complex will react positively to 
this data early next week."


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