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Livestock Slaughter 2008 Summary - March 2009

by 5m Editor
9 March 2009, at 9:26am

US - Total red meat production for the United States totaled 50.4 billion pounds in 2008, 3 per cent higher than the previous year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, and lamb and mutton. Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 50.2 billion pounds. On-farm production totaled 137 million pounds.

Commercial hog slaughter totaled 116.5 million head, 7 per cent higher than 2007 with 99.1 per cent of the hogs slaughtered under federal inspection.

The average live weight was down 1 pound from last year, at 268 pounds.

Barrows and gilts comprised 96.6 per cent of the total federally inspected hog slaughter.

There were 818 plants slaughtering under federal inspection on 1 January 2009 compared with 807 last year. Hogs were slaughtered at 618 plants, with the 12 largest plants accounting for 55 per cent of the total.

Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas accounted for 50 per cent of the United States commercial red meat production in 2008, similar to 2007.

US Monthly Commercial
Red Meat Production



US Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Hogs



US Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Average Live Weight
Hogs



US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight
Hogs



US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight
Barrows and Gilts



US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight
Sows

Further Reading

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