Nebraska cattle on feed down 4%

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.56 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was down 4% from last year.

Placements during April totaled 435,000 head, up 4% from 2018. Fed cattle marketings for the month of April totaled 440,000 head, up 2% from last year. Other disappearance during April totaled 15,000 head, down 5,000 head from last year.

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.8 million head on May 1, 2019. The inventory was 2% above May 1, 2018. This is the highest May 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.84 million head, 9% above 2018. Net placements were 1.78 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 355,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 250,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 447,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 495,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 210,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 85,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.93 million head, 7% above 2018. Other disappearance totaled 60,000 head during April, 5% below 2018.

Egg production value up in Nebraska

The value of egg production in Nebraska during 2018 was $198 million, up $67.3 million from $131 million in 2017, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Egg production in 2018 was estimated at 2.39 billion eggs, down 100 million from the previous year. Average number of layers for 2018 at 7.83 million was down 338,000.0 from 2017.

Nationwide, the value of all egg production in 2018 was $10.6 billion, up 39% from $7.60 billion in 2017. Egg production totaled 109 billion eggs, up 2% from 107 billion eggs produced in 2017.

The USDA also reported that the combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens in 2018, nationwide, was $46.3 billion, up 8% from $42.7 billion in 2017. Of the combined total, 69% was from broilers, 23% from eggs, 8% from turkeys, and less than 1% from chickens.

The value of broilers produced during 2018 was $31.7 billion, up 5% from 2017. The total number of broilers produced in 2018 was 9.04 billion, up 1% from 2017. The total amount of live weight broilers produced in 2018 was 56.8 billion pounds, up 2% from 2017.

The value of turkeys produced during 2018 was $3.88 billion, down 20% from the $4.87 billion the previous year. The total number of turkeys raised in 2018 was 245 million, down slightly from 2017. Turkey production in 2018 totaled 7.60 billion pounds, up 1% from the 7.54 billion pounds produced in 2017.

The value of sales from chickens (excluding broilers) in 2018 was $49.4 million, up 5% from $47.0 million a year ago. The number of chickens sold in 2018 totaled 190 million, down slightly from the total sold during the previous year.

Nebraska Ethanol Board has new administrator

The Nebraska Ethanol Board announced this past week that Roger Berry will be the new NEB’s administrator as of May 31.

Berry is from Nebraska, farmed in the state and has served in senior positions in agricultural organizations. Most recently, he spent more than three years as director of market development at the Nebraska Corn Board.

In that role, Berry worked with NEB staff to carry out ethanol promotion events, spoke about ethanol markets and policy at industry conferences and was involved in industry ethanol policy discussions.

CPNRD Board approves plans for public hearings

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors recently approved the Basin-Wide and Individual Integrated Management Plan drafts to hold public hearings at 3 and 3:30 p.m. July 15.

A public information meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. just prior to the hearings.

The original plans were approved in 2009 with a requirement that the same parties develop a second increment within 10 years after the adoption of the first increment plans. The Basin-Wide and CPNRD Integrated Management plans were implemented to ensure that Nebraska is following the Nebraska New Depletions Plan included within the Platte River Recovery Implementation Plan.

Additional details are available on the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources website at

The board also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Lower Loup NRD for a three-year cover crop study in Sub-Area 9 of CPNRD’s Ground Water Management Program to determine the amount of water required to grow cover crops.

Lyndon Vogt, general manager, said the district applied for Emergency Watershed Protection funds through NRCS for a drop structure damaged on the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Resistance Project during the March flood. The EWP Program allows communities to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and to the land.

Vogt reported the NRD also signed a one-year extension request with NRCS for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. In 2014, the NRD was awarded a five-year grant for the Ogallala Aquifer and Platte River Recovery project. The project addresses excess/insufficient water, inadequate habitat for fish and wildlife, soil erosion, water quality degradation, inefficient energy use, and air quality impacts. The resource concerns meet environmental habitat needs under the Platte River Recovery and Implementation Program.

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