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25 April 2016

USDA Livestock Slaughter - March 2016USDA Livestock Slaughter - March 2016


USDA Livestock Slaughter

Record High Pork Production for March

March 2015 contained 22 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

March 2016 contained 23 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.26 billion pounds in March, up 5 percent from the 4.07 billion pounds produced in March 2015.

Beef production, at 2.10 billion pounds, was 8 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.53 million head, up 6 percent from March 2015. The average live weight was up 23 pounds from the previous year, at 1,370 pounds. Veal production totaled 6.4 million pounds, 8 percent below March a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 35,900 head, down 10 percent from March 2015. The average live weight was up 7 pounds from last year, at 302 pounds.

Pork production totaled 2.15 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.09 million head, up 2 percent from March 2015. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 284 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 14.3 million pounds, was down slightly from March 2015. Sheep slaughter totaled 205,900 head, slightly above last year. The average live weight was 138 pounds, down 1 pound from March a year ago.

January to March 2016 commercial red meat production was 12.2 billion pounds, up 3 percent from 2015. Accumulated beef production was up 5 percent from last year, veal was down 4 percent, pork was up 1 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 1 percent.

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