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Ag stats: December 2019 U.S. livestock slaughter highlights

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Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.37 billion pounds in December, down 1 percent from the 4.40 billion pounds produced in December 2017. 

Beef production, at 2.12 billion pounds, was 2 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.58 million head, down slightly from December 2017. The average live weight was down 12 pounds from the previous year, at 

1,368 pounds. 

Ag stats: Colorado cattle on feed – December 2018 summary

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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 January 1, 2019. The latest inventory represents no change in inventory from December 1, 2018, but is up 4 percent from January 1, 2018.

The inventory included 570,000 steers and steer calves, up 1 percent from last year's number. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 440,000 head, are up 9 percent from a year ago.