Colo. Cattle on Feed down 5 percent

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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 920,000 head as of July 1, 2013. The latest inventory was down 4 percent from June 1, 2013, and down 5 percent from the 970,000 on feed on July 1, 2012. The inventory included 590,000 steers and steer calves, down 9 percent from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 325,000 head, was up 2 percent from the previous year. The number of cows and bulls totaled 5,000, and remained unchanged from last year. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during June 2013. This was unchanged from May 20 1 3 marketings but down 12 percent from a year ago. An estimated 120,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during June, 29 percent be low May 201 3 placements and 4 percent below last year’s placements for the same time period. Of the number placed in June, 25 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 1 3 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 25 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 38 percent weighed 800 pounds or greater. Other disappearance during June 2013, at 10,000 head, was 10,000 head lower than last month but 5,000 head above last year.

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