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 840,000 head as of October 1, 2014. The latest inventory was 5 percent above last month’s inventory but 3 percent below October 1, 2013 inventory. The inventory included 530,000 steers and steer calves, down 5 percent from the previous year.
The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 305,000 head, are even 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 155,000 head of fed cattle during September 2014. This was 3 percent above the previous month’s marketings and 7 percent above a year ago.
An estimated 200,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during September, up 38 percent from August 2014 placements and up 5 percent from a year ago. Of the number placed in September, 18 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 10 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 23 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 50 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater.
Other disappearance for September, at 5,000 head, was unchanged from last month or last year.