Cattle Slaughter – February 2022 Highlights: The Prowers Journal

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Commercial red meat production in the United States totaled 4.43 billion pounds in February, up 1% from 4.39 billion
books produced in February 2021.

Beef production, at 2.25 billion pounds, was 7 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.69 million head, up 6%
as of February 2021. Average live weight increased by 5 pounds from the previous year to 1,395 pounds.

Veal production totaled 4.2 million pounds, down 10% from February a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 30,400 head, down 8%
as of February 2021. Average liveweight was down 4 pounds from last year at 243 pounds.

Pork production totaled 2.17 billion pounds, down 4% from a year earlier. Hog slaughter totaled 9.94 million head, down 5
percent from February 2021. Average live weight was up 2 pounds from a year earlier, to 293 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 9.2 million pounds, was down 14% from February 2021. Sheep slaughter totaled 143,400 head,
12% less than last year. The average liveweight was 128 pounds, down 4 pounds from February a year ago.

For a complete copy of the Cattle Slaughter Report, please visit For state specific questions, please contact: Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202

Filed under: Agriculture • Consumer issues • Press release

Keywords: Livestock • NASS • USDA

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