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Cattle on Feed

United States Cattle on Feed Up 2 Percent at 11.5 million head on July 1, 2019. The inventory was 2 percent above July 1, 2018. This is the highest July 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.  Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.76 million head, 2 percent below 2018.  Marketings of fed cattle during June totaled 1.95 million head, 3 percent below 2018.  Other disappearance totaled 66,000 head during June, 14 percent above 2018. ...

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