Annual Report: Pork Production Sets Record High in 2003

by 5m Editor
15 March 2004, at 12:00am

US - Red meat production for the United States totaled 46.7 billion pounds in 2003, 1.3 percent below last year’s record high., report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their Annual Livestock Slaughter report.

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Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 46.6 billion pounds. On farm production totaled 136 million pounds.

Commercial hog slaughter totaled 100.9 million head, up 1 percent from 2002 with 98.8 percent of the hogs slaughtered under federal inspection.

The average live weight was up 1 pound from last year, at 266 pounds.

Barrows and gilts comprised 96.5 percent of the total federally inspected slaughter.

There were slightly over 850 slaughtering plants under federal inspection on January 1, 2004 compared with 879 last year.

Hogs were slaughtered at 662 plants, with 13 accounting for 58 percent of the total.

Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas accounted for over 52 percent of the United States commercial red meat production in 2003, similar to 2002.


US Monthly Commercial slaughter

US Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Average Live Weight: Hogs

US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight: Hogs

US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight: Barrows and Gilts

US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight: Sows

To view the full report, including tables Click Here (PDF Format)

Source: USDA NASS - Livestock Slaughter Report - 5th March 2004

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