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Ag stats: November 2018 livestock slaughter report

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Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.68 billion pounds in November, up 3 percent from the 4.55 billion pounds produced in November 2017. 

Beef production, at 2.31 billion pounds, was 1 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.80 million head, up 1 percent from November 2017. The average live weight was down 4 pounds from the previous year, at 1,370 pounds. 

Ag stats: Colorado cattle on feed

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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 1,010,000 head as of December 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 1 percent below last month's inventory but 2 percent above the December 1, 2017 inventory. 

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 145,000 head of fed cattle during November 2018. This was 3 percent below last month's marketings, but 7 percent above the marketings one year earlier. 

Colorado crop progress and conditions report – week ending November 25, 2018

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Note: weekly crop progress reports will resume in March 2019. Monthly reports will be issued for December, January and February.

Corn harvest was wrapping up in several localities last week as drier weather prevailed, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Sorghum and sunflower harvest also made good progress last week.