US Livestock Slaughter Statistics

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on livestock slaughter statistics such as beef and veal in their monthly Livestock Slaughter Report.
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National Agricultural Statistics Service

November Total Red Meat Production Below Previous Year

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.87 billion pounds in November, down 10 percent from the 4.30 billion pounds produced in November 2007.

Beef production, at 1.96 billion pounds, was 12 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.52 million head, down 11 percent from November 2007. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from the previous year, at 1,302 pounds.

Veal production totaled 11.3 million pounds, 13 percent above November a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 81,400 head, up 38 percent from November 2007. The average live weight was down 51 pounds from last year, at 240 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.89 billion pounds, down 8 percent from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 9.32 million head, down 7 percent from November 2007. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 271 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.9 million pounds, was down 20 percent from November 2007. Sheep slaughter totaled 193,700 head, 18 percent below last year. The average live weight was 133 pounds, down 3 pounds from November a year ago.

January to November 2008 commercial red meat production was 46.1 billion pounds, up 3 percent from 2007. Accumulated beef production was up 1 percent from last year, veal was up 2 percent, pork was up 7 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 5 percent.

U.S. Monthly Commercial
Red Meat Production



U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Cattle



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



U.S. Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight
Heifers

 

Further Reading

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