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Surprise! Derrell Peel Says Feedlot Numbers Well Above Pre Report Expectations in Latest Cattle on Feed Report
Sun, 24 Apr 2022 19:40:45 CDT
It was a Cattle on Feed Report with a surprise number- a very big surprise number. Oklahoma State University's Dr. Derrell Peel says he is not sure where the cattle came from that were placed into the nation's feedlots last month- with the March Placements unchanged from a year ago- well above the pre report guesses. Peel offered his reaction to the report on Friday afternoon to Oklahoma Farm Report's Ron Hays.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Derrell Peel on the Latest Cattle on Feed
As for the on feed number- Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 12.1 million head on April 1, 2022. The inventory was 2% above April 1, 2021. This is the highest April 1 inventory since the series began in 1996, USDA NASS reported on Friday.
Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.99 million head, slightly below 2021. Net placements were 1.94 million head. During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 375,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 330,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 530,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 515,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 180,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 60,000 head.
Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 2.00 million head, 2% below 2021.
Clearly, this report was all about the placements. Dr Peel called it a big surprise- "The average expectations going into this was for placements to be about 8% under year over year- even the upper end of the expectations of the list of analysts that I've seen does not come close to this placement number- somehow feedlots found a lot more cattle to place in the month of March than anybody expected.
One possibility that Peel raises is that some larger ranches in places like Nebraska have sent cattle from their operations straight to feedlots without going through the auction markets. Nebraska placements were up 8% versus a year ago.
One breakdown that is in this moth's report is steer and heifer slaughter- and Dr. Peel says that the heifer slaughter number continues to run high- and may reflect movement of what were being called replacement heifers at the start of the year over into the feedlots- suggesting smaler beef cow herd numbers by the end of 2022.
To view the March Cattle on Feed Report- Click here.
Listen to part one of Ron and Dr. Peel's conversation by clicking on the Listen Bar of this story.
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