South Dakota's 1,000+ capacity feedlots reported 220,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on December 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is up 5,000 head from a year earlier and up 20,000 head from a month earlier.

Placements during November totaled 57,000 head, up 7,000 head from last year but down 13,000 head from October 2008. Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 35,000 head, down 3,000 head from last year and down 8,000 head from October 2008.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on December 1, 2008. The inventory was 6 percent below December 1, 2007 and 5 percent below December 1, 2006.

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 2.02 million, 5 percent below 2007 but 7 percent above 2006. Net placements were 1.95 million head. During November, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 565,000, 600-699 pounds were 630,000, 700-799 pounds were 450,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 370,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 1.58 million, 9 percent below 2007 and 12 percent below 2006. This is the second lowest fed cattle marketings for the month of November since the series began in 1996.

Other disappearance totaled 67,000 during November, 18 percent above 2007 and 19 percent below 2006.