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USDA Livestock Slaughter


20 January 2012

Another Record Monthly High for US Pork ProductionAnother Record Monthly High for US Pork Production

US pork production totalled 2.07 billion pounds, up one per cent from the previous year.
USDA Livestock Slaughter

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.22 billion pounds in December, down 3 per cent from the 4.35 billion pounds produced in December 2010.

January to December 2011 commercial red meat production was 49.2 billion pounds, up slightly from 2010. Accumulated beef production was down slightly from last year, veal was down 4 per cent, pork was up 1 per cent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 9 per cent.

Pork production totaled 2.07 billion pounds, up 1 per cent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.94 million head, up slightly from December 2010. The average live weight was up 1 pound from the previous year, at 278 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.13 billion pounds, was 6 per cent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.75 million head, down 6 per cent from December 2010. The average live weight was down 8 pounds from the previous year, at 1,297 pounds.

Veal production totaled 10.7 million pounds, 8 per cent below December a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 72,900 head, down 6 per cent from December 2010. The average live weight was down 8 pounds from last year, at 253 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.5 million pounds, was down 16 per cent from December 2010. Sheep slaughter totaled 180,700 head, 16 per cent below last year. The average live weight was 139 pounds, up 1 pound from December a year ago.

While December 2010 contained 23 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays, December 2011 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

January 2012

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