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Livestock Slaughter – July 2017 U.S. Highlights

 
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.99 billion pounds in July, up 3 percent from the 3.87 billion pounds produced in July 2016.
Beef production, at 2.11 billion pounds, was 4 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.61 million head, up 6 percent from July 2016. The average live weight was down 12 pounds from the previous year, at 1,333 pounds.
Veal production totaled 5.7 million pounds, 1 percent above July a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 39,000 head, up 3 percent from July 2016. The average live weight was down 7 pounds from last year, at 250 pounds.
Pork production totaled 1.86 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.02 million head, up 3 percent from July 2016. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 277 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production, at 11.0 million pounds, was down 4 percent from July 2016. Sheep slaughter totaled 167,400 head, 2 percent below last year. The average live weight was 132 pounds, down 2 pounds from July a year ago.
January to July 2017 commercial red meat production was 29.3 billion pounds, up 4 percent from 2016. Accumulated beef production was up 5 percent from last year, veal was down 1 percent, pork was up 3 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 5 percent.
For a full copy of the Livestock Slaughter report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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