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Slaughter cattle inventory down slightly from 2006

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.6 million head on April 1, 2007.

The inventory was one percent below April 1, 2006 but seven percent above April 1, 2005. This is the second highest April 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

The inventory included 7.43 million steers and steer calves, down four percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.14 million head, up four percent from 2006.

Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.97 million, seven percent above 2006 and 12 percent above 2005. Net placements were 1.89 million.

During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 350,000, 600-699 pounds were 375,000, 700-799 pounds were 640,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 600,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 1.85 million, down six percent from 2006 and six percent below 2005.

Other disappearance totaled 72,000 head during March, 20 percent below 2006 but six percent above 2005.

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