Ag stats: Colorado cattle on feed – December 2018 summary

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Published Friday, February 22, 2019


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 1,010,000 head as of January 1, 2019. The latest inventory represents no change in inventory from December 1, 2018, but is up 4 percent from January 1, 2018.

The inventory included 570,000 steers and steer calves, up 1 percent from last year's number. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 440,000 head, are up 9 percent from a year ago. 

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 140,000 head of fed cattle during December 2018, 3 percent below the previous month but 4 percent above the December 2017 marketings.

An estimated 145,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during December 2018, 4 percent above last month and up 21 percent from the December 2017 placements of 120,000 head. Of the number placed in December, 24 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 28 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 21 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 17 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 10 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater.

Other disappearance for December was estimated at 5,000 head, no change from last month or last year.


Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on January 1, 2019. The inventory was 2 percent above January 1, 2018.

The inventory included 7.28 million steers and steer calves, down 1 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 62 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.41 million head, up 6 percent from 2018.

Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.77 million head, 2 percent below 2018. Net placements were 1.69 million head.

During December, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 445,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 460,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 402,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 285,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 90,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 85,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 1.74 million head, 1 percent below 2017.

Other disappearance totaled 75,000 head during December, 1 percent above 2017. may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.