Livestock Slaughter 2006 Summary - Total Red Meat Production at Record High in 2006

US - Total red meat production for the United States totaled 47.7 billion pounds in 2006, 4 percent higher than the previous year. Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, and lamb and mutton. Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 47.5 billion pounds. On farm production totaled 139 million pounds.
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Beef production totaled 26.3 billion pounds, up 6 percent from the previous year. Veal production totaled 155 million pounds, down 6 percent from last year.

Commercial cattle slaughter during 2006 totaled 33.7 million head, up 4 percent from 2005, with federal inspection comprising 98.4 percent of the total. The average live weight was 1,275 pounds, up 19 pounds from a year ago. Steers comprised 52.7 percent of the total federally inspected cattle slaughter, heifers 29.6 percent, dairy cows 7.1 percent, other cows 9.0 percent, and bulls 1.5 percent.

Commercial calf slaughter totaled 711,300 head, 3 percent lower than a year ago with 98.2 percent under federal inspection. The average live weight was 345 pounds, down 8 pounds from a year earlier.

U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter Cattle 2200

U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter Calves

U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter Average Live Weight Cattle

U.S. Monthly Federally Inspected Average Dressed Weight Cattle

U.S. Monthly Federally Inspected Average Dressed Weight Steers 760

U.S. Monthly Federally Inspected Average Dressed Weight Heifers

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March 2007
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