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 1,030,000 head as of November 1, 2012.

The latest inventory was up 3 percent from October 1, 2012 but down 10 percent from the 1,140,000 on feed on November 1, 2011. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 160,000 head of fed cattle during October 2012. This is 7 percent above previous month’s marketings and 3 percent above a year ago.

An estimated 195,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October, down 13 percent from the September 2012 placements, and down 15 percent from last year’s placements of 230,000. Of the October placements, 33 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 23 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 18 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 26 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, is the same as last month and last year.