Commercial cattle slaughter during 2014 totaled 30.2 million head, down 7 percent from 2013, with federal inspection comprising 98.4 percent of the total. The average live weight was 1,330 pounds, up 16 pounds from a year ago. Steers comprised 51.8 percent of the total federally inspected cattle slaughter, heifers 28.2 percent, dairy cows 9.5 percent, other cows 8.6 percent, and bulls 1.8 percent.
Nebraska slaughtered the most cattle in the United States in 2014 followed by Kansas and Texas. Nebraska accounted for 22 percent of the cattle slaughtered in the U.S. in 2014. Nebraska, Kansas and Texas accounted for 59 percent of the cattle slaughtered in the United States.
The top 10 states with the highest cattle slaughter include: Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, California, Wisconsin, Washington, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Utah. The top 7 states slaughtered more than 1 million head. Fourteen states slaughtered over 100K head.