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 970,000 head as of April 1, 2014. The latest inventory was 3 percent above last month’s inventory but 1 percent below April 1, 2013 inventory. The inventory included 640,000 steers and steer calves, up 5 percent from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 325,000 head, are down 11 percent from a year ago. The number of cows and bulls totaled 5,000 head, no change from last year’s number.
Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 130,000 head of fed cattle during March 2014. This was 16 percent below the previous month’s marketings and 19 percent below a year ago. An estimated 165,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during March, up 22 percent from February 2014 placements and up 3 percent from a year ago. Of the number placed in March, 21 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 18 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 30 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 30 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for March, at 5,000 head, was down 5,000 head from last month and from last year.