Ag stats: December 2021 cattle on feed in Colorado, U.S.

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Published Saturday, January 22, 2022


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 1.13 million head as of January 1, 2022.

The latest inventory was down 1 percent from December 1, 2021 but up 2 percent from January 1, 2021.

The inventory included 635,000 steers and steer calves, up 1 percent from last year's number. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 495,000 head, are up 3 percent from a year ago.

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 170,000 head of fed cattle during December 2021, 3 percent above the previous month and unchanged from the December 2020 marketings.

An estimated 165,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during December 2021, 3 percent above last month and 6 percent above the December 2020 placements of 155,000 head.

Of the number placed in December, 24 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 21 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 18 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 12 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 12.0 million head on January 1, 2022. The inventory was 1 percent above January 1, 2021.

This is the second highest January 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

The inventory included 7.36 million steers and steer calves, down 1 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 61 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.68 million head, up 2 percent from 2021.

Placements in feedlots during December totaled 1.96 million head, 6 percent above 2020. Placements were the highest for December since the series began in 1996.

Net placements were 1.91 million head. During December, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 510,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 470,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 450,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 333,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 105,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 95,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during December totaled 1.86 million head, slightly above 2020. Marketings were the second highest for December since the series began in 1996.

Other disappearance totaled 54,000 head during December, 10 percent below 2020. 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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