Colorado Cattle on Feed – May 2018 Statistics

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Published Friday, June 22, 2018


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 950,000 head as of June 1, 2018. This latest inventory is 1 percent above last month, but 2 percent below the June 1, 2017 inventory. 

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during May 2018, no change from the April 2018 marketings but 7 percent above May 2017 marketings. 

An estimated 170,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during May 2018, 17 percent above a month ago and 6 percent above the May 2017 placements. Of the number placed in May, 15 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 15 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 21 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 27 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds and 24 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. 

Other disappearance for May 2018 is estimated at 10,000 head, up 5,000 head from last month, but no change from 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 11.6 million head on June 1, 2018. The inventory was 4 percent above June 1, 2017. This is the highest June 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. 

Placements in feedlots during May totaled 2.12 million head, slightly above 2017. Net placements were 2.05 million head. 

During May, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 445,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 340,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 480,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 524,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 235,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 100,000 head. Marketings of fed cattle during May totaled 2.06 million head, 5 percent above 2017. 

Other disappearance totaled 73,000 head during May, 4 percent above 2017. 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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