Kansas cattle herd at lowest level since 1999By Dan Voorhis
The Wichita Eagle
The number of cattle in Kansas feedlots, as of April 1,was the lowest since 1999, according to the USDA.
There were 2.17 million head, down 1 percent from April 1, 2011, and from March 1 of this year.
The number of cattle was up 2 percent this year, or 225,000 head, from the same time in 2011.
Placements during March totaled 375,000 head, down 10 percent from March 2011 but up 1 percent from February.
Marketings during March totaled 395,000 head, down 9 percent from March 2011 but up 3 percent from February.
The number of other disappearance was 10,000 head, unchanged from a year ago and down 5,000 from the previous month.
The percent of March placements by weight was: under 600 pounds, 16 percent; 600-699 pounds, 18 percent; 700-799 pounds, 33 percent; and 800 pounds or heavier, 33 percent.
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