Ag stats: August 2021 United States livestock slaughter highlights

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Published Thursday, September 30, 2021

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.59 billion pounds in August, down 2 percent from the 4.69 billion pounds produced in August 2020. 

Beef production, at 2.36 billion pounds, was 1 percent above the previous year. Ca ttle slaughter totaled 2.89 million head, up 3 percent from August 2020. The average live weight was down 11 pounds from the previous year, at 1,354 pounds. 

Veal production totaled 4.3 million pounds, 14 percent below August a year ago. Calf slaughter tot aled 34,800 head, up 2 percent from August 2020. The average live weight was down 38 pounds from last year, at 214 pounds. 

Pork production totaled 2.21 billion pounds, down 5 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.6 million head, down 5 percent from August 2020. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from the previous year, at 280 pounds. 

Lamb and mutton production, at 10.3 million pounds, was down 6 percent from August 2020. Sheep slaughter totaled 176,400 head, 1 percent below last year. The average live weight was 116 pounds, down 7 pounds from August a year ago. 

January to August 2021 commercial red meat production was 36.9 billion pounds, up 1 percent from 2020. Accumulated beef production was up 4 percent from last year, veal wa s down 21 percent, pork was down 1 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 3 percent. may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.

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