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.