USDA 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 940,000 head as of October 1, 2017.

The latest inventory was 9 percent above last month and 11 percent above the October 1, 2016 inventory. The inventory included 560,000 steer and steer calves, 1 percent below the previous year.

The number of heifer and heifer calves, at 380,000 head, are up 33 percent from a year ago. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 165,000 head of fed cattle during September 2017. This was 13 percent below last month’s marketings and 3 percent below September 2016 marketings.

An estimated 250,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during September, 43 percent above the previous month’s placements and 11 percent above September 2016 placements. Of the number placed in September, 12 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 10 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 20 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 30 percent weighed from 800-899 pounds, and 28 percent weighed 900 pounds and greater.

Other disappearance for September, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and lastyear.


Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.8 million head on October 1, 2017.

The Inventory was 5 percent above October 1, 2016. The inventory included 6.93 million steers and steer calves, up 2 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.88 million head, up 13 percent from 2016.

Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.15 million head, 13 percent above 2016. Net placements were 2.09 million head. During September, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 405,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 340,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 490,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 515,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 285,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 115,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.78 million head, 3 percent above 2016. Other disappearance totaled 58,000 head during September, 38 percent above 2016.

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