Cattle slaughter, beef production increase from previous year

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Cattle slaughter increased by six percent last month compared to the previous year and was five percent higher than the previous month according to Thursday’s USDA Livestock Slaughter report.

Cattle slaughter totaled 2.73 million head in April of this year, bringing more animals to slaughter as beef prices started warming up with summer months approaching.

In addition to improved cattle slaughter numbers, average live weights also improved from the previous year by 14 pounds brining the average weight to 1,295 pounds. Although live weights were higher than April 2012, data shows the average weight dropped by an average of 18 pounds from the previous month. March 2013 average live weight totaled 1,313 pounds.

The higher cattle slaughter and live weight explain the improved beef production, which totaled 2.13 billion pounds in April. The monthly total is a seven percent improvement over the previous year and .09 billion pounds more than the previous month.

Total red meat production in the U.S. for April was 4.09 billion pounds, six percent higher than the previous year.

Veal production totaled 9.1 million pounds, an eight percent drop from April a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 58,600 head, up four percent from April 2012. The average live weight was down 29 pounds from last year, at 266 pounds.

January to April 2013 commercial red meat production was 16.1 billion pounds, up slightly from 2012. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down 6 percent.

April 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.
April 2013
contained 22 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

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Corrine Wynne    
May, 24, 2013 at 09:30 AM

What's interesting we are just getting into first cutting and the beef cattle industry lies are seeping into this year. Folks the story last year was the cattle have to go and beef will cost more in 2013 because of it, we are in a massive drought hay is depleted and we will have less beef and milk. So now the lie lays exposed in this article. This garbage is a predictable banter. We are getting ready to bale hay this year in many states for the first time. This article makes claims that the cattle are being processing 14 pounds heavier weight and better quality condition cattle. So that eliminates the false claims we had no hay or not enough good hay last year, and if we are slaughtering a higher number of cattle this past month than last year keep in mind, we supposedly didn't have hay, corn or adequate feeds through summer, fall, or winter. So this is once again an attempt to gain sympathy for the cattlemen and farmers when its not the facts. As well it points to the attempt to say there were NOT enough hay bales to feed horses because of the drought to push horse owners to back pro-slaughter, it's close to a vote in Congress, the drought's clearing, they are telling people to be careful with sparse pastures, so how did the now suddenly fatten cows get fattened? Lies, to strike fear into the heart of the American people, so folks watch for more progress on the story of fattened cows-if we just got a stand of hay or good pastures on cattle wouldn't have gained a 14 pound average overall in this short of a time period. So please keep watch for the past and current articles to be in stark contrast and think these articles through.

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