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Ag Stats: Colorado cattle on feed – October 2019 report

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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 1,070,000 head as of November 1, 2019, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

The latest inventory was 8 percent above last month and 5 percent above the November 1, 2018 inventory.

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 155,000 head of fed cattle during October 2019. This was down 11 percent from last month’s marketings, but 3 percent above the November 2018 marketings.

An estimated 240,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October 2019, no change from the previous month’s placements, but 23 percent above the October 2018 placements.

Of the number placed in October, 21 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 19 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 17 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 23 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 21 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 11.8 million head on November 1, 2019. The inventory was 1 percent above November 1, 2018.

Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.48 million head, 10 percent above 2018. Net placements were 2.42 million head.

During October, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 600,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 540,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 517,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 475,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 230,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 115,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.88 million head, 1 percent below 2018.

Other disappearance totaled 59,000 head during October, 14 percent below 2018.