Wyoming, South Dakota red meat production down
Commercial red meat production in Wyoming during May 2008 totaled 500,000 pounds, according to Kim Faircloth with the Wyoming Field Office of USDA NASS. This was unchanged from both last month and last year. Commercial red meat production excludes animals slaughtered on farms.
Six hundred cattle were slaughtered in May, unchanged from last year. Total live weight was 745,000 pounds, up seven percent from May 2007. Average live weight of cattle slaughtered was 1,246 pounds, up 11 pounds from last year.
A total of 200 hogs and pigs were processed, unchanged from last year. Total live weight, at 70,000 pounds, was up 19 percent from May 2007. Average live weight of hogs slaughtered was 300 pounds, up 36 pounds from last year.
One hundred sheep and lambs were processed in May, unchanged from last year. Total live weight, at 15,000 pounds, was up 15 percent from May 2007. Average live weight of sheep and lambs was 146 pounds, down 2 pounds from last year.
January to May 2008 commercial red meat production was 2.5 million pounds, down seven percent from last year.
Commercial red meat production for South Dakota totaled 75.3 million pounds during May. This was down four percent from one year ago and down 16 percent from last month.
For May, pork production and sheep and lamb production were down from one year ago, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Commercial hog slaughter for South Dakota totaled 341,500 head during May compared to 363,800 head the year before. Average live weight was 255 pounds, unchanged from May 2007.
Commercial sheep and lamb slaughter for South Dakota totaled 200 head during May compared to 1,700 head a year earlier. Average live weight was 115 pounds, which was down 24 pounds from May 2007.
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.22 billion pounds in May, up four percent from the 4.08 billion pounds produced in May 2007.
Beef production, at 2.38 billion pounds, was four percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 3.14 million head, up three percent from May 2007. The average live weight was up 19 pounds from the previous year, at 1,251 pounds.
Pork production totaled 1.82 billion pounds, up three percent from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 9.06 million head, up three percent from May 2007. The average live weight was down one pound from the previous year, at 268 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production, at 15.0 million pounds, was down three percent from May 2007. Sheep slaughter totaled 206,400 head, six percent below last year. The average live weight was 146 pounds, up four pounds from May a year ago.
January to May 2008 commercial red meat production was 21.0 billion pounds, up seven percent from 2007. Accumulated beef production was up four percent from last year, veal was down 11 percent, pork was up 11 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down four percent.
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