Cattle on Feed – Colorado

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 900,000 head as of September 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 1 percent above last month and 5 percent above the September 1, 2017 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 190,000 head of fed cattle during August 2018. This was 12 percent above last month’s marketings, but no change from the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 205,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during August 2018, 46 percent above the previous month’s placements and 17 percent above August 2017 placements. Of the number placed in August, 17 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 12 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 20 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 800-899 pounds, and 27 percent weighed 900 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for August, at 5,000 head, was 5,000 head below last month, but the same as 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 11.1 million head on September 1, 2018. The inventory was 6 percent above September 1, 2017. This is the highest September 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. Placements in feedlots during August totaled 2.07 million head, 7 percent above 2017. Net placements were 2.02 million head. During August, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 430,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 335,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 460,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 475,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 240,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 130,000 head.  Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 1.98 million head, slightly above 2017. Other disappearance totaled 55,000 head during August, 12 percent above 2017.

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