Nebraska Cattle on Feed Down 2%

Nebraska Cattle on Feed Down 2%

May 16, 2008

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.38 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. The inventory was down 2% from last year but 3% above May 1, 2006.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 340,000 head, up 17% from 2007 and 6% above 2006. This is tied with 1999 for the highest April placements since the data series began in 1993. Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 400,000 head, up 18% from last year and 3% above April two years ago. Other disappearance during April totaled 10,000 head, the same as 2007 and 2006.

Nationally, cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on May 1, 2008. The inventory was 1% below May 1, 2007 and 4% below May 1, 2006.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.54 million, 2% below 2007 and 5% below 2006. Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 2.01 million, 11% above 2007 and 13% above 2006. This is the highest fed cattle marketings for the month of April since the series began in 1996. Other disappearance totaled 75,000 during April, 24% below 2007 and 14% below 2006.