Cattle on Feed Report



The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 880,000 head as of August 1, 2017. The latest inventory was 5 percent below last month, but up 9 percent from August 1, 2016 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 160,000 head of fed cattle during July 2017, no change from the previous month, but 7 percent above marketings one year earlier. An estimated 115,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during July 2017, 8 percent below last month’s placements, but no change from the July 2016 placements. Of the number placed in July, 22 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 13 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 26 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds and 17 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for July, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and 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 10.6 million head on August 1, 2017. The inventory was 4 percent above August 1, 2016. Placements in feedlots during July totaled 1.62 million head, 3 percent above 2016. Net placements were 1.57 million head. During July, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 360,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 235,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 385,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 370,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 190,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 75,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during July totaled 1.78 million head, 4 percent above 2016.  Other disappearance totaled 48,000 head during July, 4 percent below 2016.

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