CATTLE SLAUGHTER – JULY 2022: The Prowers Journal

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Commercial red meat production in the United States totaled 4.23 billion pounds in July, down 3% from the 4.38 billion pounds produced in July 2021. Beef production, at 2.25 billion books, was 3% lower than the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.78 million head, down 2% from July 2021. Average liveweight was down 8 pounds from a year earlier, at 1,341 pounds. Veal production totaled 4.1 million pounds, up 5% from July a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 29,500 head, down 12% from July 2021. Average live weight was up 38 pounds from a year ago to 243 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.97 billion pounds, down 4% from a year earlier. Hog slaughter totaled 9.31 million head, down 5% from July 2021. Average live weight was up 3 pounds from a year earlier, to 284 pounds. Lamb and mutton production, at 10.3 million pounds, was down 5% from July 2021. Sheep slaughter totaled 163,300 head, down 14% from last year. The average liveweight was 126 pounds, up 11 pounds from July a year ago. From January to July 2022, commercial red meat production was 32.0 billion pounds, down 1% from 2021. Cumulative beef production was up 1% from a year ago, the veal increased by 4%, pork decreased by 3% compared to last year and lamb
and sheep production, fell by 7 percent.

For a complete copy of the Cattle Slaughter Report, please visit If you have any questions, please contact your USDA NASS State Statistician at 1-800-392-3202:

Colorado, Wyoming—Bill Meyer

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