COF Report Expected to Show All Major Categories up from Year-ago

Posted on 09/19/2018 12:50 PM

Traders expect USDA’s Cattle on Feed Report to show all categories up from year-ago levels, with the number of cattle on feed as of Sept. 1 at 11.067 million head, up 5.4% from year-ago levels.

The pre-report guess range is once again widest for Placements, though the 5.9-point spread is not as wide as we’ve seen leading up to a number of reports this year. On average, analysts anticipate a 4.4% rise from 2017 levels for that category.

Cattle on Feed Report Expectations

Avg. Trade Estimate

(% of year-ago)


On Feed
Sept. 1



Placements in August



Marketings in August




We will have coverage of the report online and in “Evening Report” Friday after its 2:00 p.m. CT release.

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