Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.32 billion pounds in October, down 4 percent from the
4.51 billion pounds produced in October 2013.
Beef production, at 2.17 billion pounds, was 6 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.64 million
head, down 9 percent from October 2013. The average live weight was up 28 pounds from the previous year, at
Veal production totaled 7.7 million pounds, 22 percent below October a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 43,300 head,
down 38 percent from October 2013. The average live weight was up 59 pounds from last year, at 304 pounds.
Pork production totaled 2.13 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.95 million
head, down 4 percent from October 2013. The average live weight was up 8 pounds from the previous year, at
Lamb and mutton production, at 13.4 million pounds, was up 2 percent from October 2013. Sheep slaughter totaled
207,700 head, slightly below last year. The average live weight was 129 pounds, up 3 pounds from October a year ago.
January to October 2014 commercial red meat production was 39.5 billion pounds, down 4 percent from 2013.
Accumulated beef production was down 6 percent from last year, veal was down 14 percent, pork was down 1 percent
from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down slightly.
For a full copy of the Livestock Slaughter report please visit http://www.nass.usda.gov. For state specific questions please
Arizona – Dave DeWalt 1-800-645-7286
Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202
Montana – Eric Sommer 1-800-835-2612
New Mexico – Longino Bustillos 1-800-530-8810
Utah – John Hilton 1-800-747-8522
Wyoming – Rhonda Brandt 1-800-892-1660
–National Ag Statistics Service
Cattle efficiently convert plant matter into natural protein. Much of this is grass, which can’t be consumed by humans.
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