Record high production in December offset beef production declines to boost the accumulated red meat production at 47.3 billion lb., dropping 4% below 2013 levels, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service “Livestock Slaughter” report.
In December, pork production totaled 2.11 billion lb., up 2% from December 2013 which lifted the annual total for 2014 to 22.84 billion lbs., 1% below the previous year.
In the last month of the year, beef production totaled 2.00 billion lb., down 2% from December 2013. Thus, at the end of the year beef production penciled at 24.25 billion lb., 6% below the previous year.
The average live weight for both hogs and cattle were up in December. Hog producers last month slaughtered 9.85 million head, averaging 286 lb. –up 3% from 2013. Similar, Cattle feeders slaughter 2.44 million head with an average live weight of 1,363 lb., increase 29 lb. over the previous year.