Markets indicate feedlots are full
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 1,040,000 head as of Nov. 1. The latest inventory was up 8% from Oct. 1 and up 8% from the 960,000 on feed on Nov. 1, 2008. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 160,000 head of fed cattle during October 2009. This was 3% above September 2009 marketings of 155,000 head and 7% above a year ago. An estimated 245,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during October, even with a year ago but down 6% from the September 2009 placements of 260,000. Of the number placed in October, 20 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 18% weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 24% weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 37% weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for October, at 5,000 head, was unchanged from October 2008 and September 2009
South Dakota: South Dakota's 1,000-plus capacity feedlots reported 205,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market on Nov. 1, according to the South Dakota office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is up 5,000 head from a year earlier and up 10,000 head from a month earlier.
Placements during October totaled 65,000 head, down 5,000 head from last year but up 13,000 head from September 2009.
Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 54,000 head, up 11,000 head from last year and up 13,000 head from September 2009.
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