January slaughter, red meat output down

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Mar 7, 2005
by WLJ
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently reported that commercial red meat production in the U.S. totaled 3.65 billion pounds in January, down two percent from the 3.71 billion pounds produced in January 2004.
Beef production, at 1.92 billion pounds, was slightly below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.53 million head, down two percent from January 2004. The average live weight was up 13 pounds from the previous year, at 1,262 pounds.
Veal production totaled 13.3 million pounds, 17 percent below January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 67,700 head, down 14 percent from January 2004. The average live weight was seven pounds below last year, at 329 pounds.
Pork production totaled 1.70 billion pounds, down three percent from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 8.48 million head, four percent below January 2004. The average live weight was one pound above the previous year, at 270 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production, at 14.4 million pounds, was down seven percent from January 2004. Sheep slaughter totaled 208,500 head, five percent below last year. The average live weight of slaughter sheep was 138 pounds, down three pounds from January 2004. — WLJ