FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2011, file photo John Prince, left, and Kevin Hafner, right, vice president of operations at Bob Funk's Express Ranches in El Reno, Okla., move cattle into a pen. The U.S. Agriculture Department, which has been issuing cattle inventory reports in January and July, is eliminating the July report. The USDA says it expects to cut about $10 million from its $156 million budget by eliminating or reducing the frequency of reports in 14 industries. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Nebraska feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head contained 2.56 million cattle on feed as of Dec. 1.
The Nebraska Field Office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says the inventory was up 4 percent from 2010 and marks the largest Dec. 1 inventory since records were first kept in 1994.
Placements in feedlots during November totaled 480,000 head, up 8 percent from last year. Marketings of fed cattle during November totaled 375,000 head, down 5 percent from 2010.