Farm Talk


August 27, 2013

Commercial red meat production up from 2012

Parsons, Kansas — Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.16 billion pounds in July, up five percent from the 3.95 billion pounds produced in July 2012.

Beef production, at 2.29 billion pounds, was four percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.89 million head, up four percent from July 2012. The average live weight was up seven pounds from the previous year, at 1,302 pounds.

Veal production totaled 9.6 million pounds, one percent above July a year ago.

Calf slaughter totaled 70,000 head, up four percent from July 2012. The average live weight was down seven pounds from last year, at 234 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.84 billion pounds, up seven percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.08 million head, up six percent from July 2012. The average live weight was up two pounds from the previous year, at 271 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 14.1 million pounds, was up 13 percent from July 2012. Sheep slaughter totaled 211,600 head, 19 percent above last year.

The average live weight was 133 pounds, down seven pounds from July a year ago.

January to July 2013 commercial red meat production was 28.3 billion pounds, up slightly from 2012. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down six percent, pork was up slightly from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up two percent.

July 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including one holiday) and four Saturdays.

July 2013 contained 23 weekdays (including one holiday) and four Saturdays. £

Released August 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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