Farm Talk


September 25, 2013

Red meat production down four percent from last year

Parsons, Kansas — Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.20 billion pounds in August, down four percent from the 4.39 billion pounds produced in August 2012.

Beef production, at 2.24 billion pounds, was five percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.82 million head, down six percent from August 2012. The average live weight was up 10 pounds from the previous year, at 1,310 pounds.

Veal production totaled 9.1 million pounds, 11 percent below August a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 64,500 head, down 11 percent from August 2012. The average live weight was up three pounds from last year, at 240 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.94 billion pounds, down three percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.56 million head, down four percent from August 2012. The average live weight was up two pounds from the previous year, at 271 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 13.8 million pounds, was down three percent from August 2012. Sheep slaughter totaled 208,100 head, four percent above last year. The average live weight was 133 pounds, down nine pounds from August a year ago.

January to August 2013 commercial red meat production was 32.5 billion pounds, down slightly from 2012. Accumulated beef production was down one percent from last year, veal was down six percent, pork was down slightly from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up two percent.

August 2012 contained 23 weekdays (including zero holidays) and four Saturdays.

August 2013 contained 22 weekdays (including zero holidays) and five Saturdays. £

Released September 19, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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