21st: USDA Livestock Slaughter Report
Record High for Red Meat Production
meat production for the United States totaled 4.63 billion pounds in
August, up 4 percent from the 4.43 billion pounds produced in August 2016.
Beef production, at
2.40 billion pounds, was 6 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter
totaled 2.94 million head, up 7 percent from August 2016. The average live
weight was down 7 pounds from the previous year, at 1,345 pounds.
Veal production totaled
6.4 million pounds, 5 percent above August a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled
46,200 head, up 13 percent from August 2016. The average live weight was
down 17 pounds from last year, at 238 pounds.
Pork production totaled
2.21 billion pounds, up 3 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter
totaled 10.7 million head, up 3 percent from August 2016. The average live
weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 278 pounds.
January to August 2017
commercial red meat production was 34.0 billion pounds, up 4 percent from
2016. Accumulated beef production was up 5 percent from last year, veal
was down 1 percent, pork was up 3 percent from last year, and lamb and
mutton production was down 4 percent.
Lamb and mutton production,
at 12.8 million pounds, was up 2 percent from August 2016. Sheep slaughter
totaled 194,100 head, slightly above last year. The average live weight
was 132 pounds, up 2 pounds from August a year ago.