Colorado: 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 860,000 head as of Sept. 1. The latest inventory was up 1 percent from Aug. 1, and up 12 percent from the 770,000 on feed on Sept. 1, 2008. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 190,000 head of fed cattle during August 2009. This represented a 6 percent increase from the July 2009 marketings, and an 15 percent increase from the August marketings one year earlier. An estimated 205,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during August, up 64 percent from July 2009 placements and up 8 percent from a year ago. Of the number placed in August, 7 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 10 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 24 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 59 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for August, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

Iowa: There were 1,195,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market in all feedlots in Iowa on Sept. 1, down 1 percent from Aug. 1, but up 5 percent from Sept. 1, 2008. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had 510,000 head on feed, unchanged from last month, but up 9 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head had 685,000 head on feed, down 2 percent from last month, but up 2 percent from last year.

Placements during August totaled 147,000 head, up 18 percent from last month, but down 1 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head placed 74,000 head, up 21 percent from last month and up 3 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head placed 73,000 head. This is up 14 percent from last month, but down 4 percent from last year.

Marketings for August were 158,000 head, up 2 percent from last month, but down 1 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head marketed 73,000 head, up 4 percent from last month, but down 3 percent from last year. Feedlots with a capacity less than 1,000 head marketed 85,000 head, unchanged from last month, but up 1 percent from last year. Other disappearance totaled 4,000 head.

South Dakota: South Dakota's 1,000+ capacity feedlots reported 185,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on Sept. 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is up 20,000 head from a year earlier but down 5,000 head from a month earlier.

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