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 980,000 head as of November 1, 2017. The latest inventory was 4 percent above last month and 8 percent above the November 1, 2016 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during October 2017. This was 9 percent below last month’s marketings, but 7 percent above the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 195,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October 2017, 22 percent below the previous month’s placements and 5 percent below October 2016 placements. Of the number placed in October, 28 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 21 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 18 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 18 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 15 percent weighed 900 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, 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 11.3 million head on November 1, 2017. The inventory was 6 percent above November 1, 2016. Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.39 million head, 10 percent above 2016. Net placements were 2.32 million head. During October, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 675,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 590,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 510,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 368,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 160,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 90,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.80 million head, 6 percent above 2016. Other disappearance totaled 73,000 head during October, 28 percent above 2016. 

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