USA: Several factors keeping cattle on feed elevated

Frozen Bone-In Beef
United States
Market & Price Trends
Published Nov 22, 2023

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The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported that the number of cattle on feed in October 2023 was slightly higher than the previous year, contrary to prior expectations of tighter supplies. This increase in cattle on feed was due in part to a significant increase in imports of feeder cattle from Mexico. The report also indicated that cattle prices remained high and were expected to continue at elevated levels through 2024.
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Prior expectations for the number of cattle on feed in the second half of 2023 were that generally tighter cattle supplies and potentially growing retention of heifers for breeding would lead to smaller levels than a year ago. However, the Cattle on Feed report, published on Oct. 20 by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated the Oct. 1 feedlot inventory at 11.58 million head, 0.6% above 11.509 million head in the same month last year. Feedlot net placements in September were 6% higher year over year at 2.149 million head, which was above industry analyst expectations. Marketings in September registered 1.663 million head, down more than 10% year over year. Regarding September placements, U.S. imports of feeder cattle from Mexico in September were up 136% from last year, likely contributing to the increase in placements. From January to September, U.S. imports of feeder cattle from Mexico were up 45% from the same period last year but slightly above the ...
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