South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 245,000 cattle on feed on January 1, 2015. That's down 2 percent from the previous year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during December totaled 32,000 head, down 26 percent from 2014.

Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 30,000 head, unchanged from last year.

Other disappearance during December totaled 2,000 head, down 1,000 head from 2014.

The Associated Press contributed to this story