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US Red Meat Output Up One Per Cent in August

by 5m Editor
27 September 2010, at 11:13am

US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totalled 4.13 billion pounds in August, up one per cent from the 4.08 billion pounds produced in August 2009, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in their Livestock Slaughter report for September 2010.

Beef production, at 2.29 billion pounds, was five per cent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totalled 2.96 million head, up six per cent from August 2009. The average live weight was down 16 pounds from the previous year, at 1,277 pounds.

Veal production totalled 11.2 million pounds, six per cent above August a year ago. Calf slaughter totalled 76,200 head, down one per cent from August 2009. The average live weight was up 20 pounds from last year, at 254 pounds.

Pork production totalled 1.82 billion pounds, down three per cent from the previous year. Hog kill totalled 9.11 million head, down two per cent from August 2009. The average live weight was down one pound from the previous year, at 267 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.8 million pounds, was down four per cent from August 2009. Sheep slaughter totalled 204,000 head, slightly above last year. The average live weight was 126 pounds, down five pounds from August a year ago.

Cumulative red meat production for the period January to August 2010 was 31.9 billion pounds, down two per cent from 2009. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down one per cent, pork was down four per cent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down three per cent.

August 2009 contained 21 weekdays (including no holidays) and five Saturdays, while August 2010 contained 22 weekdays (including no holidays) and four Saturdays.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.