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Livestock Slaughter – November 2015 – US Highlights

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – NOVEMBER 2015 – US HIGHLIGHTS Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.03 billion pounds in November, up 7 percent from the 3.76 billion pounds produced in November 2014. Beef production, at 1.93 billion pounds, was 5 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.29 million  head, up 2 […]

Southeast Area Extension Says – Rain Makes Grass–In Time!

Exciting times, we have finally received some rain in Southeast Colorado and it has covered a very large area. Amounts have varied, but everyone has received some.  Optimism for the future is looking up, especially for agriculture producers. Winter crops are growing and the future for summer crops is bright. Grass is growing for livestock […]

U.S. Cattle Inventory Down 3 Percent from 2012

    Washington, July 25, 2014 – As of July 1, there were 95.0 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to the Cattle report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the lowest inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973. Other key […]

What Came First, the Grass or the Livestock?

  With the continued drought in Southeast Colorado, livestock producers need to be asking themselves a new twist to an age old question.  Are you in the business of raising grass or raising livestock?  If you do not have grass can you raise livestock on a pasture based operation?  The next question that needs an […]

Prowers Health Officials Investigate Possible Lead Contamination

Health officials at the Prowers County Public Health & Environment Department are working with the City of Lamar, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture to investigate lead contamination from a water tank near Lamar. Paint and soil samples from the vicinity of the tank had high concentrations […]

Latest Colorado Drought Status from the Colorado Water Conservation Board

Based on the data and information provided to the WATF by the State Climatologist, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Weather Service, and other experts, the WATF recommended the activation of Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan, and recommended the activation of the Agricultural Impact Task Force. These recommendations were […]