Cattle On Feed Estimates

For Immediate Release

Allendale, Inc. Releases Cattle on Feed Estimates

CHICAGO, IL. (January 12, 2023) – The following are our estimates for the coming Cattle on Feed report.

December placements are expected -6.9% from last year at 1.825 million head. This is the smallest December inflow in four years. This would mark four months in a row of year over year declines. December placements determine a part of July – October finished cattle supply. Kansas State University estimates cattle finished in the first half of this time require a $156 fed breakeven.

Allendale anticipates a Marketing total in December -3.8% from last year at 1.786 million.

Total Cattle on Feed as of January 1 is estimated at 11.660 million, -3.1% from last year. This is the smallest total for this month in five years.


Cattle on Feed is estimated as a percentage of one year ago.

For questions and comments, please contact Rich Nelson, Chief Strategist at 800-262-7538 or


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