Ag stats: Colorado cattle on feed report – January 2019

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Published Saturday, March 9, 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 1,030,000 head as of February 1, 2019. The latest inventory was up 2 percent from January 1, 2019 and up 7 percent from February 1, 2018.

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 170,000 head of fed cattle during January 2019, up 21 percent from the previous month, but down 8 percent from the January 2018 marketings. 

An estimated 195,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during January 2019, 35 percent above last month and 8 percent above the January 2018 placements. Of the number placed in January, 18 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 21 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 10 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. 

Other disappearance for January 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 February 1, 2019. The inventory was slightly above February 1, 2018. 

Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.96 million head, 5 percent below 2018. Net placements were 1.90 million head. 

During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 370,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 445,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 554,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 420,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 100,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 70,000 head. 

Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.91 million head, 3 percent above 2018. 

Other disappearance totaled 61,000 head during January, 12 percent below 2018. 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.

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