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Ag stats: October 2021 Colorado cattle on feed highlights

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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 1.15 million head as of November 1, 2021. The latest inventory was 2 percent above last month and 3 percent above the November 1, 2020, inventory.

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 160,000 head of fed cattle during October 2021. This was down 3 percent from last month’s marketings, but unchanged from the marketings one year earlier.

An estimated 185,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October 2021, down 16 percent from the previous month’s placements, but 6 percent above the October 2020 placements.

Of the number placed in October, 19 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 19 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 19 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 24 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 19 percent weighed 900 pounds and greater.

Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and 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 11.9 million head on November 1, 2021. The inventory was slightly below November 1, 2020.

Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.25 million head, 2 percent above 2020. Net placements were 2.19 million head.

During October, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 575,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 500,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 470,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 425,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 190,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 85,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.79 million head, 5 percent below 2020.

Other disappearance totaled 59,000 head during October, 6 percent below 2020.