Cattle on feedlots up from last year

The number of cattle on feed in large Kansas feedlots on Dec. 1 totaled 2.36 million head, up 1 percent from a year ago but down 2 percent from Nov. 1.

Placements during November totaled 375,000 head, up 6 percent from a year ago but down 14 percent from October placements.

Marketings during November totaled 400,000 head, up 18 percent from November 2009 and up 14 percent from October. Placements by weight were: under 600 pounds, 21 percent; 600-699 pounds, 28 percent; 700-799 pounds, 32 percent; and 800 pounds or heavier, 19 percent.