Mon, 21 Nov 2022 04:36:38 CST
The latest USDA Cattle on Feed Report was released on Friday afternoon and is being called friendly to bullish, depending on who you listen to. Oklahoma Farm Report's Ron Hays talked after the numbers were released with Oklahoma State University's Dr. Derrell Peel who described the report as being "very well anticipated- it was actually a little bit friendly in terms of the placements being a little bit smaller but within the range of estimates and so this report is a continuation of what we have seen in the last month- I think we have finally turned the corner, it's taken several months to get here but we are going to see these inventories continue to tighten as we go forward."
Peel adds "for several months, because of the drought, we have marketed feeder cattle earlier than usual- they have gone into the feedlot and that has maintained feedlot inventories longer than we would have otherwise seen I think in the absence of the drought impact- but you can only do that for so long."
You can listen to part one of Dr. Peel's comments on today's Beef Buzz by clicking on the Listen link at the bottom of this story.
Meanwhile, according to Rich Nelson with Allendale- "Cattle on Feed bullish. Nov 1 On Feed 98.0% of last year, Oct Placements 93.9% and Oct Marketings 100.6%. Record low placement for the month of October since the data series started 1996. Two months in a row of a changed placement pattern." (via twitter)
And Brady Sidwell from Enid with Sidwell Strategies writes in Barchart "Friday’s USDA Cattle-on-Feed report leaned bullish with October placements lower than expected and in fact, the lowest on record for that month. November 1st on-feed numbers were as expected as were October marketings."
From the actual USDA report- one number that really jumps out is the Texas placements, which were only 86% of a year ago- the deficit of available cattle seemingly bigger than in other regions here in the south. As for the summary of the numbers from Friday:
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on November 1, 2022. The inventory was 2 percent below November 1, 2021.
On Feed, by State (1,000 hd – % Nov 1 ’21)
Colorado …… 1,070 – 93
Iowa …………. 620 – 102
Kansas ………. 2,340 – 93
Nebraska …… 2,600 – 102
Texas ………… 2,860 – 100
Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.11 million head, 6 percent below 2021. Placements were the lowest for October since the series began in 1996. Net placements were 2.05 million head. During October, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 545,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 465,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 450,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 378,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 190,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 80,000 head.
Placements (1,000 hd – % Oct ’21)
Colorado …… 175 – 95
Iowa …………. 103 – 90
Kansas ………. 420 – 97
Nebraska …… 590 – 94
Texas ………… 440 – 86
Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.80 million head, 1 percent above 2021. Other disappearance totaled 54,000 head during October, 5 percent below 2021.
Marketings (1,000 hd – % Oct ’21)
Colorado …… 170 – 106
Iowa …………. 81 – 79
Kansas ………. 430 – 97
Nebraska …… 450 – 103
Texas ………… 390 – 104
Click here to review the complete report from the USDA's NASS.
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Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Dr. Derrell Peel on the November 1 USDA Cattle on Feed Report
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