LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – JANUARY 2018
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Record High Red Meat and Pork Production for January 2018
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.59 billion pounds in January, up 7 percent from the 4.29 billion pounds produced in January 2017.
Beef production, at 2.28 billion pounds, was 8 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.76 million head, up 7 percent from January 2017. The average live weight was up 6 pounds from the previous year, at 1,376 pounds. Veal production totaled 6.6 million pounds, 5 percent above January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 49,000 head, 5 percent above January 2017. The average live weight was unchanged from last year, at 235 pounds.
Pork production totaled 2.29 billion pounds, 6 percent above the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.7 million head, 6 percent above January 2017. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 286 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production, at 12.5 million pounds, was 2 percent above January 2017. Sheep slaughter totaled 176,300 head, slightly below last year. The average live weight was 142 pounds, up 4 pounds from January a year ago.
For state specific questions, please contact:
- Arizona – Dave DeWalt 1-800-645-7286
- Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202
- Montana – Eric Sommer 1-800-835-2612
- New Mexico – Longino Bustillos 1-800-530-8810
- Utah – John Hilton 1-800-747-8522
- Wyoming – Rhonda Brandt 1-800-892-1660