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Beef Slaughter In US Increases

24 May 2010
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - Whilst red meat production has fallen slightly over the last year, the number of cattle slaughtered for beef has increased, according the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Livestock Slaughter Report.

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.01 billion pounds in April, down two per cent from the 4.09 billion pounds produced in April 2009.

Beef production, at 2.14 billion pounds, was slightly above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.85 million head, up three per cent from April 2009. The average live weight was down 23 pounds from the previous year, at 1,253 pounds.

Veal production totaled 11.1 million pounds, one per cent below April a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 68,500 head, up one per cent from April 2009. The average live weight was down six pounds from last year, at 275 pounds.

January to April 2010 commercial red meat production was 15.9 billion pounds, down two per cent from 2009. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down two per cent, pork was down four per cent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down three per cent.













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