Beef Cattle on a Chatham-Kent farm. (File photo by Simon Crouch)

U-S Heifer & Heifer Calf Inventory Percentage Shrinking

The number of cattle and calves in American feedlots on January 1st was down just slightly from a year ago.

The USDA puts the total inventory at 10 point 6 million head.

The department says the heifer and heifer calf inventory January 1st was the lowest percentage of total inventory since the series began in 1996.

Placements in U-S feedlots in December came to 1 point 53 million head, 1 per cent below the same month the year before.

Marketings came in above placements at 1 point 67 million head, 1 per cent above 2014.