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USDA Livestock Slaughter

27 February 2012

Beef Production Slightly Below Previous YearBeef Production Slightly Below Previous Year

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.12 billion pounds in January, up 2 percent from the 4.04 billion pounds produced in January 2011.
USDA Livestock Slaughter

Beef production, at 2.11 billion pounds, was slightly below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.72 million head, down 1 percent from January 2011. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 1,300 pounds.

Veal production totaled 10.4 million pounds, 3 percent below January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 67,700 head, 6 percent below January 2011. The average live weight was unchanged from last year, at 262 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.99 billion pounds, 5 percent above the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.54 million head, 5 percent above January 2011. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year, at 278 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.1 million pounds, was 8 percent above January 2011. Sheep slaughter totaled 164,800 head, 2 percent above last year. The average live weight was 147 pounds, up 8 pounds from January a year ago.

While January 2011 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays, January 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

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