Montana livestock slaughter stats

University of Nebraska employee service recognition awards were presented recently by Ron Rosati (far right), Dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis. From left, five year awards went to Dr. Doug Smith and Mary Rittenhouse, with Linda Cole recognized for 20 years of service to the college. Photo by NCTA

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.50 billion pounds in November, up 11 percent from the

4.04 billion pounds produced in November 2015.

Beef production, at 2.24 billion pounds, was 16 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.67 million head,

up 16 percent from November 2015. The average live weight was down 8 pounds from the previous year, at 1,384 pounds.

Veal production totaled 6.7 million pounds, 5 percent below November a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 47,300 head, up

22 percent from November 2015. The average live weight was down 67 pounds from last year, at 243 pounds.

Pork production totaled 2.24 billion pounds, up 8 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.6 million head,

up 9 percent from November 2015. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from the previous year, at 283 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.1 million pounds, was up 3 percent from November 2015. Sheep slaughter totaled

184,900 head, 2 percent above last year. The average live weight was 131 pounds, up 1 pound from November a year ago.

January to October 2016 commercial red meat production was 46.0 billion pounds, up 4 percent from 2015.

Accumulated beef production was up 6 percent from last year, veal was down 8 percent, pork was up 2 percent from last

year, and lamb and mutton production was down slightly.

For a full copy of the Livestock Slaughter report please visit For state specific questions please contact:

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 Bustillo 1-800-530-8810

Utah – John Hilton 1-800-747-8522

Wyoming – Rhonda Brandt 1-800-892-1660

–National Ag Statistics Service