Cattle Slaughter Report – The Burlington Record

Commercial red meat production in the United States totaled 4.55 billion pounds in April, down 3% from the 4.71 billion pounds produced in April 2021.

Beef production, at 2.33 billion pounds, was 1% lower than the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.81 million head, down 1% from April 2021. Average live weight was up 7 pounds from a year earlier at 1,373 pounds.

Veal production totaled 4.5 million pounds, 6% more than in April a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 28,100 head, up 2% from April 2021. Average live weight was up 8 pounds from a year ago to 276 pounds. Pork production totaled 2.20 billion pounds, down 6% from the previous year.

Hog slaughter totaled 10.1 million head, down 7% from April 2021. Average live weight was up 3 pounds from a year earlier, to 293 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.3 million pounds, was down 10% from April 2021. Sheep slaughter totaled 197,500 head, down 12% from last year. The average liveweight was 123 pounds, up 1 pound from April a year ago.

From January to April 2022, commercial production of red meat was 18.5 billion pounds, down 2% from 2021.

Cumulative beef production increased by 1% over last year, veal by 1%, pork by 5% over last year and lamb and mutton by 11%.

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