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28 November 2016

USDA Livestock Slaughter - October 2016USDA Livestock Slaughter - October 2016


USDA Livestock Slaughter

Record Low Veal Production for October

October 2015 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

October 2016 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.43 billion pounds in October, up 3 percent from the 4.31 billion pounds produced in October 2015.

Beef production, at 2.21 billion pounds, was 4 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.64 million head, up 5 percent from October 2015. The average live weight was down 9 pounds from the previous year, at 1,381 pounds.

Veal production totaled 6.6 million pounds, 8 percent below October a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 48,300 head, up 20 percent from October 2015. The average live weight was down 67 pounds from last year, at 237 pounds.

Pork production totaled 2.20 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.4 million head, up 2 percent from October 2015. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 282 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 11.7 million pounds, was down 2 percent from October 2015. Sheep slaughter totaled 181,600 head, 2 percent below last year. The average live weight was 128 pounds, unchanged from October a year ago.

January to October 2016 commercial red meat production was 41.5 billion pounds, up 3 percent from 2015. Accumulated beef production was up 5 percent from last year, veal was down 8 percent, pork was up 1 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 1 percent.

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