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South Dakota Cattle on Feed Down 2 Percent
South Dakota Ag Connection - 06/24/2018

South Dakota feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 235,000 cattle on feed on June 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 2 percent from last year.

Placements during May totaled 29,000 head, down 26 percent from 2017.

Fed cattle marketings for the month of May totaled 45,000 head, down 12 percent from last year.

Other disappearance during May totaled 4,000 head, up 1,000 head from last year.

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 June 1, 2018. The inventory was 4 percent above June 1, 2017. This is the highest June 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

Placements in feedlots during May totaled 2.12 million head, slightly above 2017. Net placements were 2.05 million head. During May, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 445,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 340,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 480,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 524,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 235,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 100,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during May totaled 2.06 million head, 5 percent above 2017.

Other disappearance totaled 73,000 head during May, 4 percent above 2017.

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