Meat Production Hits Record Levels


BrownfieldAgNews reports: 

U.S. red meat and pork production hit record monthly levels in December. Beef came out at 2.173 billion pounds, up 6{73205e5fd8edf14435f3e2e65a2beea89873ca1d4142610a26265edfe9982562}, with a monthly slaughter of 2.612 million head, 7{73205e5fd8edf14435f3e2e65a2beea89873ca1d4142610a26265edfe9982562} higher, and an average live weight of 1,381 pounds, down 7 on the year. 

Pork was reported at 2.209 billion pounds, a slight month to month increase, the kill of 10.466 million head was 1{73205e5fd8edf14435f3e2e65a2beea89873ca1d4142610a26265edfe9982562} higher and the average live weight of 283 pounds was 2 pounds lighter. 

December 2016's red meat production totaled 4.402 billion pounds, up 3{73205e5fd8edf14435f3e2e65a2beea89873ca1d4142610a26265edfe9982562} from December 2015. Domestic red meat production in 2016 topped 50 billion pounds, up 4{73205e5fd8edf14435f3e2e65a2beea89873ca1d4142610a26265edfe9982562} from the 2015 total. 

For the year, beef production was up 6{73205e5fd8edf14435f3e2e65a2beea89873ca1d4142610a26265edfe9982562}, pork was 2{73205e5fd8edf14435f3e2e65a2beea89873ca1d4142610a26265edfe9982562} higher, veal was down 9{73205e5fd8edf14435f3e2e65a2beea89873ca1d4142610a26265edfe9982562}, and lamb and mutton was slightly lower.


Source:  Agri-Marketing



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