Colorado Cattle on Feed down 8 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 950,000 head as of November 1, 2013. The latest inventory was up 9 percent from October 1, 2013 but down 8 percent from the 1,030,000 on feed on November 1, 2012.

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 145,000 head of fed cattle during October 2013. This is 9 percent below previous year’s marketings but no change from last month. An estimated 230,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October, up 21 percent from the September 2013 placements, and up 18 percent from last year’s placements of 195,000.

Of the October placements, 35 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 20 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 24 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, is the same as last month and last year.

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