The number of cattle in Nebraska feedlots has grown 4 percent over the past year to 2.46 million as of May 1.
The Nebraska office of the Agriculture Department's National
Agricultural Statistics Service says the current numbers are the
largest May inventory since the count began in 1994.
The figures are from feedlots with capacities of greater than
Nationwide, the number of cattle and calves on feed was 11.1
million. That's 1 percent below May 2011.
Placements in Nebraska feedlots during April totaled 370,000
head, equal to last year and again marking the highest April
placements since the count began. Marketings of fed cattle during
April totaled 420,000 head, up 14 percent from 2011.