Red meat production in the US declined in 2012

by Editor
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Commercial red meat production in the US reached 4 bill. lbs. in December 2012, down 5% from the 4.22 bill lbs. produced in December 2011 according to the US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Beef production declined 5% to 2.02 bill. lbs., according to NASS. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.54 mill. head, down 8% from the comparable year ago period. The average live weight increased 26 lbs. from the previous year, to 1,323 lbs.

Veal production declined 9 % to 9.8 mill. lbs. in December 2012. Calf slaughter totaled 65,400 head, down 10 % from December 2011. The average live weight climbed 1 lb. from December 2011 to 254 lbs., NASS reported.

Pork production totaled 1.95 bill. lbs., down 5% from 2011 levels. Hog slaughter declined 5% to 9.47 mill. head, according to NASS. The average live weight eased 2 lbs. compared to December 2011 to 276 lbs.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.8 mill. pounds, was up 3% from compared to December 2011. Sheep slaughter gained 5% to total 189,700 head. However, the average live weight declined 4 lbs. to 135 lbs., NASS said.

January to December 2012 commercial red meat production was 49.4 bill. lbs., a slight increase from 2011. Accumulated beef production declined 1% from 2011 levels, veal was down 9%, pork gained 2% from 2011 levels, and lamb and mutton production climbed 5%, according to NASS.