February Livestock Slaughter Report...
Released by USDA on February 23, 2023
Commercial Red Meat Production Up 4 Percent from Last Year
- January 2022 contained 21 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.
- January 2023 contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.77 billion pounds in January, up 4 percent from the 4.56 billion pounds produced in January 2022.
Beef production, at 2.33 billion pounds, was 3 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.83 million head, up 5 percent from January 2022. The average live weight was down 18 pounds from the previous year, at 1,380 pounds.
Veal production totaled 4.4 million pounds, 4 percent below January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 30,600 head, 5 percent below January 2022. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from last year, at 249 pounds.
Pork production totaled 2.43 billion pounds, 6 percent above the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 11.1 million head, 7 percent above January 2022. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 293 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production, at 10.2 million pounds, was 3 percent above January 2022. Sheep slaughter totaled 162,800 head, 6 percent above last year. The average live weight was 123 pounds, down 4 pounds from January a year ago.