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Ag stats: October 2022 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 1.07 million head as of November 1, 2022. The latest inventory was unchanged from last month and 7 percent below the November 1, 2021, inventory.

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 170,000 head of fed cattle during October 2022. This was up 3 percent from last month’s marketings and up 6 percent from the marketings one year earlier.

An estimated 175,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October 2022, down 17 percent from the previous month’s placements and 5 percent below the October 2021 placements. Of the number placed in October, 20 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 20 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 20 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 23 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds, and 17 percent weighed 900 pounds and greater.

Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.