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Nebraska tops US slaughter stakes

by 5m Editor
25 June 2007, at 11:26am

US - Nebraska led the US in commercial red meat production in May. Production in the state was 606.6 million pounds, which is down from May 2006's 639.7 million pounds.

A US Department of Agriculture report published last week shows that commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.08 billion pounds in May, up slightly from the 4.06 billion pounds produced in May 2006.

In Nevraska, hog slaughter in May was 605,100 head up from 598,800 head in May 2006. The average live weight was 269 pounds compared to 271 pounds in May 2006.

Nationwide, pork production totaled 1.76 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 8.76 million head, up 3 percent from May 2006. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 269 pounds.

Nebraska was second in the nation in cattle slaughter behind Kansas. During May, Nebraska slaughter houses killed 625,00 head of cattle, down from 653,000 head in May 2006. The average live weight was 1,253 pounds compared to 1,274 pounds in May 2006.

Beef production, nationwide, at 2.28 billion pounds, was one percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 3.05 million head, up slightly from May 2006. The average live weight was down 12 pounds from the previous year, at 1,232 pounds.

Veal production, nationwide, totaled 12.4 million pounds, 3 percent below May a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 59,000 head, up 4 percent from May 2006.

The USDA reported that January to May 2007 commercial red meat production was 19.5 billion pounds, up 2 percent from 2006.

Source: The Grand Island Independent

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