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US Livestock Slaughter Statistics

23 March 2009
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on livestock slaughter statistics such as beef and veal in their monthly Livestock Slaughter Report.

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.83 billion pounds in February, down 4 percent from the 3.97 billion pounds produced in February 2008.

Beef production, at 1.99 billion pounds, was 3 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.53 million head, down 4 percent from February 2008. The average live weight was up 25 pounds from the previous year, at 1,310 pounds.

Veal production totaled 11.0 million pounds, slightly below February a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 74,100 head, up 7 percent from February 2008. The average live weight was down 15 pounds from last year, at 257 pounds.

January to February 2009 commercial red meat production was 7.99 billion pounds, down 5 percent from 2008. Accumulated beef production was down 4 percent from last year, veal was up 3 percent, pork was down 5 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 12 percent.

February 2008 contained 21 weekdays (including one holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

February 2009 contained 20 weekdays (including one holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

U.S. Monthly Commercial
Red Meat Production



U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Cattle



U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Calves



U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Average Live Weight
Cattle


 

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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