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Ag stats: livestock slaughter report – September 2018

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United States Highlights

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.19 billion pounds in September, down 5 percent from the 4.41 billion pounds produced in September 2017. 

Beef production, at 2.16 billion pounds, was 3 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.62 million head, down 3 percent from September 2017. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 1,358 pounds.

Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 21, 2018

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Hard freezes in several areas last week ended the growing season, as producers continued harvest and fall planting where conditions allowed, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Winter wheat planted was nearly complete by week's end and hard freezes aided crop dry down.

Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 14, 2018

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Rain and snowfall in several areas of the state delayed fieldwork and harvest activities last week. Soil moisture supplies improved from received moisture.

In northeastern and east central counties, reporters mentioned snow and rain delayed fieldwork but harvest of several crops continued as conditions allowed. Crops still to be harvested will dry down fast after the freezing temperatures last week, a reporter noted. Received moisture improved conditions for seeding winter wheat, as well as helping pasture conditions going forward.

Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 7, 2018

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Widespread moisture received across the state last week brought welcome relief to areas suffering from drought but delayed fieldwork, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northwestern counties, a reporter noted much needed rain was received last week that helped alleviate dry conditions, at least for the short term.

Ag statistics: August 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 900,000 head as of September 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 1 percent above last month and 5 percent above the September 1, 2017 inventory.

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 190,000 head of fed cattle during August 2018. This was 12 percent above last month's marketings, but no change from the marketings one year earlier.

Ag statistics – August livestock slaughter report

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United States Highlights

  • Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.77 billion pounds in August, up 3 percent from the 4.63 billion pounds produced in August 2017. 
  • Beef production, at 2.43 billion pounds, was 1 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.98 million head, up 1 percent from August 2017. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 1,344 pounds.