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 930,000 head as of July 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 2 percent below the previous month's inventory but no change from the July 1, 2017 inventory.
The inventory included 520,000 steers and steer calves, down 10 percent from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 410,000 head, are up 15 percent from a year ago.
Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 160,000 head of fed cattle during June 2018. This was 7 percent above the previous month's marketings, but no change from the marketings one year earlier.
An estimated 145,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during June, 15 percent below the previous month's placements, but 16 percent above June 2017 placements. Of the number placed in June, 17 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 21 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 21 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds and 17 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater.
Other disappearance for June, at 5,000 head, was 5,000 head below last month but the same as 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 10.8 million head on July 1, 2017. The inventory was 4 percent above July 1, 2016. The inventory included 6.96 million steers and steer calves, up 1 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.86 million head, up 11 percent from 2016.
Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.77 million head, 16 percent above 2016. Net placements were 1.71 million head.
During June, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 375,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 315,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 430,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 385,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 170,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 95,000 head.
Marketings of fed cattle during June totaled 1.99 million head, 4 percent above 2016. Other disappearance totaled 56,000 head during June, 8 percent below 2016.
UNITED STATES ALL CATTLE ON FEED UP 4 PERCENT
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for all feedlots totaled 13.3 million head on July 1, 2018. The inventory was up 4 percent from the July 1, 2017 total of 12.8 million head.
Cattle on feed in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head accounted for 84.8 percent of the total cattle on feed on July 1, 2018, up slightly from the previous year.