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US Meat Production Hits Record High

by 5m Editor
28 November 2007, at 11:47am

US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.61 billion pounds in October, up 10 percent from the 4.20 billion pounds produced in October 2006. USDA's National Statistics Service says it's an all time record.

Pork production totaled 2.14 billion pounds, up 11 percent from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 10.7 million head, up 11 percent from October 2006. The average live weight was up one pound from the previous year, at 270 pounds.

January to October 2007 commercial red meat production was 40.3 billion pounds, up 2 percent from 2006. Accumulated beef production was up 1 percent from last year, veal was down 3 percent, pork was up 3 percent from last year, and sheep meat production was down 2 percent.

Local trends Inter-state figures show similar trends. For example, South Dakota totaled 106.1 million pounds during October, which was up 27 per cent on last year. Volumes were also 23 percent from last month.

For October, pork production and sheep meat production were increased from year ago, with commercial hog slaughter for South Dakota totalled 506,400 head during October compared to 384,200 head the year before. Average live weight was 256 pounds, which was down 3 pounds from October 2006.

Surplus livestock supplies are reported across the US, which having a negative effect on farm gate prices. Analysts are not predicting much change in the coming months.

U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Hogs



U.S. Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Average Live Weight
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U.S. Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight
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U.S. Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight
Barrows and Gilts



U.S. Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight
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Further Reading

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