USDA's April cattle on feed report said the number of steers on feed was up 5.4% at the start of April while the number of heifers in large feedlots was down 10.1%.
Beef production in 2019 is forecast at a record 27.4 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent year over year.
The latest Cattle on Feed report showed a September 1 feedlot inventory of 11.125 million head, a record for the month since the current data series began in 1996.
The September cattle on feed report said there were 2.7% more cattle on feed September 1 than a year ago.
U.S. beef cow slaughter increased 10% through mid-April, in part due to herd liquidations stemming from drought in the southern Central Plains.
The Missouri Steer Feedout for winter-spring born calves began Nov. 4 for southwest Missouri participants.
The Missouri Steer Feedout finally showed a profit this year according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
A change is coming to the cattle seedstock industry.