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Cattle on Feed – Colorado -/- U.S.

February 23, 2018


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 960,000 head as of February 1, 2018. The latest inventory was down 1 percent from January 1, 2018, but up 7 percent from February 1, 2017. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 185,000 head of fed cattle during January 2018, up 37 percent from the previous month and up 6 percent from the January 2017 marketings. An estimated 180,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during January 2018, 50 percent above last month and unchanged from the January 2017 placements. Of the number placed in January, 14 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 25 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 28 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 22 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 11 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for December was estimated at 5,000 head, no change from last month or 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 11.6 million head on February 1, 2018. The inventory was 8 percent above February 1, 2017. Placements in feedlots during January totaled 2.07 million head, 4 percent above 2017. Net placements were 2.00 million head. During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 375,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 450,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 625,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 418,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 115,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 85,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.86 million head, 6 percent above Other disappearance totaled 69,000 head during January, 30 percent above 2017.

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