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US Livestock Slaughter Statistics

27 January 2009
National Agricultural Statistics Service

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.

Total Red Meat and Pork Production at Record Highs for December

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.16 billion pounds in December, up 3 percent from the 4.06 billion pounds produced in December 2007.

Beef production, at 2.08 billion pounds, was 1 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.67 million head, up 1 percent from December 2007. The average live weight was up 1 pound from the previous year, at 1,303 pounds.

Veal production totaled 13.3 million pounds, 28 percent above December a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 94,100 head, up 54 percent from December 2007. The average live weight was down 43 pounds from last year, at 245 pounds.

January to December 2008 commercial red meat production was 50.2 billion pounds, up 3 percent from 2007. Accumulated beef production was up 1 percent from last year, veal was up 4 percent, pork was up 6 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

U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter

U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Average Live Weight

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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