Colorado 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 940,000 head as of March 1, 2014.

The latest inventory was 3 percent below last month’s inventory and 5 percent below the March 1, 2013 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 155,000 head of fed cattle during February 2014.

This was 9 percent below the previous month’s marketings, and 6 percent below marketings one year earlier. An estimated 135,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during February, down 29 percent from January 2014 placements and down 13 percent from a year ago.

Of the number placed in February, 22 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 19 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 33 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater.

Other disappearance for February, at 10,000 head, was unchanged from last month and last year.

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