The United States is projected to produce 10.868 million metric tons and 10.858 million metric tons of beef and pork in 2015, respectively.   If realized, this will be the lowest beef production in 23 years and the most pork produced in history. 

The difference between beef and pork production in 2015 is an estimated 10,000 metric tons.  If realized, this will be the closest beef and pork production have been in history.

The United States first produced over 10 million metric tons of pork in 2008.  The U.S. has produced more than 10 million metric tons every year since then.  The U.S. first produced 10 million metric tons of beef in 1970.  It has produced more than 10 million metric tons every year since then except for three years.

In 1975 and 1976, the United States produced 53 percent more beef than pork.  The U.S. produced 30 percent more beef than pork in 2000. 

The United States has never produced over 11 million metric tons of pork.    The U.S. has produced over 12 million metric tons of beef seven times.

Year

Beef 

Pork

Difference

2015

10,868,000

10,858,000

-0.09%

2014

11,126,000

10,329,000

-7.16%

2013

11,752,000

10,524,000

-10.45%

2012

11,848,000

10,554,000

-10.92%

2011

11,983,000

10,331,000

-13.79%

2010

12,046,000

10,186,000

-15.44%

2009

11,891,000

10,442,000

-12.19%

2008

12,163,000

10,599,000

-12.86%

2007

12,097,000

9,962,000

-17.65%

2006

11,980,000

9,559,000

-20.21%

2005

11,318,000

9,392,000

-17.02%

2004

11,261,000

9,313,000

-17.30%

2003

12,039,000

9,056,000

-24.78%

2002

12,427,000

8,929,000

-28.15%

2001

11,983,000

8,691,000

-27.47%

2000

12,298,000

8,596,000

-30.10%

1999

12,124,000

8,758,000

-27.76%

1998

11,804,000

8,623,000

-26.95%

1997

11,714,000

7,835,000

-33.11%

1996

11,749,000

7,764,000

-33.92%

1995

11,585,000

8,096,000

-30.12%

1994

11,194,000

8,027,000

-28.29%

1993

10,584,000

7,751,000

-26.77%

1992

10,613,000

7,817,000

-26.35%

1991

10,534,000

7,257,000

-31.11%

1990

10,464,000

6,965,000

-33.44%

1989

10,633,000

7,173,000

-32.54%

1988

10,880,000

7,114,000

-34.61%

1987

10,884,000

6,519,000

-40.10%

1986

11,292,000

6,379,000

-43.51%

1985

10,997,000

6,716,000

-38.93%

1984

10,929,000

6,719,000

-38.52%

1983

10,748,000

6,894,000

-35.86%

1982

10,425,000

6,454,000

-38.09%

1981

10,354,000

7,200,000

-30.46%

1980

9,998,000

7,537,000

-24.61%

1979

9,924,000

7,008,000

-29.38%

1978

11,279,000

6,075,000

-46.14%

1977

11,844,000

6,009,000

-49.27%

1976

12,166,000

5,755,000

-52.70%

1975

11,271,000

5,343,000

-52.60%

1974

10,715,000

6,500,000

-39.34%

1973

9,808,000

5,998,000

-38.85%

1972

10,374,000

6,542,000

-36.94%

1971

10,184,000

7,260,000

-28.71%

1970

10,103,000

6,667,000

-34.01%

1969

9,902,000

6,461,000

-34.75%

1968

9,804,000

6,584,000

-32.84%

1967

9,531,000

6,410,000

-32.75%

1966

9,360,000

5,805,000

-37.98%

1965

8,957,000

5,797,000

-35.28%

1964

7,411,000

6,622,000

-10.65%

1963

7,426,000

6,574,000

-11.47%

1962

7,195,000

6,329,000

-12.04%

1961

7,426,000

6,191,000

-16.63%

1960

7,195,000

6,307,000

-12.34%

Source:  FAS (metric tons); Prepared By:  Rob Cook