Beef Production Up 5% From May 2011

Beef Production Up 5% From May 2011

USDA's slaughter report shows slight increases from this time last year.

May USDA National Ag Statistics Service livestock slaughter numbers released Friday indicated increases in most production areas compared to this time last year.

Commercial U.S. red meat production was up 7% from last May. Final production for May 2012 was 4.18 billion pounds.

Beef production alone was up 5%, reaching 2.23 billion pounds, and cattle slaughter totaled 2.88 million head, which is a 2% increase from May, 2011. The average live weight was up 27 pounds.

Veal production was just 1% above May 2011 numbers but the average live weight bested last year's figures, up 7 pounds at 295 pounds.

January to May 2012 commercial production is up 1% from 2011 at 20.2 billion pounds.

The full report is available here.
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