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 1,000,000 head as of January 1, 2013. The latest inventory was down 2 percent from December 1, 2012 and was down 13 percent from January 1, 2012. The inventory included 620,000 steers and steer calves, down 17 percent from last year’s number.

The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 370,000 head, are down 8 percent from a year ago. The number of cows and bulls at 10,000 head are up 100 percent from last year’s numbers. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 155,000 head of fed cattle during December 2012, no change from last month but 3 percent below the December 2011 marketings of 160,000 head.

An estimated 140,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during December 2012, 7 percent below last month and 13 percent below December 2011 placements of 160,000. Of the number placed in December, 25 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 25 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 25 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 25 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for December was estimated at 5,000 head, no change from last month but down 5,000 head from last year.