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July 30, 2013

June commercial red meat production down

Parsons, Kansas — Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.86 billion pounds in June, down four percent from the 4.02 billion pounds produced in June 2012.

Beef production, at 2.17 billion pounds, was four percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.73 million head, down five percent from June 2012. The average live weight was up 17 pounds from the previous year, at 1,307 pounds.

Veal production totaled 8.5 million pounds, five percent below June a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 57,600 head, up three percent from June 2012. The average live weight was down 20 pounds from last year, at 250 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.68 billion pounds, down four percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.20 million head, down four percent from June 2012. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year, at 274 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.7 million pounds, was up three percent from June 2012. Sheep slaughter totaled 183,500 head, nine percent above last year. The average live weight was 139 pounds, down eight pounds from June a year ago.

January to June 2013 commercial red meat production was 24.1 billion pounds, down one percent from 2012. Accumulated beef production was down slightly from last year, veal was down seven percent, pork was down one percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up one percent.

June 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including zero holidays) and five Saturdays.

June 2013 contained 20 weekdays (including zero holidays) and five Saturdays. £

 

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