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25 July 2013

USDA Livestock Slaughter - July 2013USDA Livestock Slaughter - July 2013


USDA Livestock Slaughter

June Commercial Red Meat Production Down from Last Year

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.86 billion pounds in June, down 4 percent from the 4.02 billion pounds produced in June 2012.

Beef production, at 2.17 billion pounds, was 4 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.73 million head, down 5 percent from June 2012. The average live weight was up 17 pounds from the previous year, at 1,307 pounds.

Veal production totaled 8.5 million pounds, 5 percent below June a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 57,600 head, up 3 percent from June 2012. The average live weight was down 20 pounds from last year, at 250 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.68 billion pounds, down 4 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.20 million head, down 4 percent from June 2012. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year, at 274 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.7 million pounds, was up 3 percent from June 2012. Sheep slaughter totaled 183,500 head, 9 percent above last year. The average live weight was 139 pounds, down 8 pounds from June a year ago.

January to June 2013 commercial red meat production was 24.1 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 2012. Accumulated beef production was down slightly from last year, veal was down 7 percent, pork was down 1 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 1 percent.

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