Total red meat production for the United States totaled 47.4 billion pounds in 2014, 4 percent lower than the previous year. Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, and lamb and mutton. Beef production totaled 24.3 billion pounds, down 6 percent from the previous year. Pork production, at 22.9 billion pounds, was down 1 percent from the previous year. Lamb and mutton production totaled 161 million pounds, down slightly from 2013.
Nebraska was the largest producer of red meat in the United States in 2014 followed by Iowa and Kansas. Nebraska accounted for roughly 15 percent of the red meat produced in the United States in 2014. Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas accounted for roughly 40 percent of the red meat produced in the United States in 2014.
The top 10 largest producers of red meat in the United States include: Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Colorado, Missouri and Indiana. The top 10 states accounted for roughly 78 percent of the red meat produced in the United States in 2014.
Fifteen states produced over 1 billion pounds of red meat in 2014, including the top 10 states, California, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Oklahoma.
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