Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending August 26, 2018

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Producers made significant harvest gains last week amidst warm weather and isolated precipitation, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Several crops were noted to be progressing a little ahead of the average and last year. Limited seeding of winter wheat also began last week in a few counties. 

Some northwestern counties received needed moisture last week. A reporter noted the precipitation was enough to keep producers from haying in areas. 

July 2018 Cattle on Feed – Colorado and U.S. Highlights

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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 890,000 head as of August 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 4 percent below last month, but up 1 percent from the August 1, 2017 inventory. 

Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 170,000 head of fed cattle during July 2018, up 6 percent from the previous month and 6 percent above marketings one year earlier. 

2018 Colorado Hay Directory is Now Available

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The 2018 Colorado Hay Directory, published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is now available.

"With dry conditions in Colorado and across the country, this publication helps connect horse and livestock owners with the hay they need," said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "It is a valuable resource for both producers and buyers."

Livestock Slaughter Report – July 2018 Highlights

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United States Highlights

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.24 billion pounds in July, up 6 percent from the 3.99

billion pounds produced in July 2017.

Beef production, at 2.23 billion pounds, was 6 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.77 million head,

up 6 percent from July 2017. The average live weight was down 3 pounds from the previous year, at 1,330 pounds.

Veal production totaled 6.1 million pounds, 8 percent above July a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 47,800 head, up 22