The Friday’s Meat Production Board illustrates that the cattle slaughter report sees post-holiday rally with 452,000 head of cattle slaughtered, even though it’s still lower than the 10-week average 528,200.

Cattle weight had the second-most noticeable drop in data, where the overall weight of the livestock took a -2 lb difference since mid-December.

Even with the holiday’s, the total number of cattle being slaughtered is seeing some positive gains as 442.5 million pounds of beef were processed rebounding from a bleak previous week where only 371.7 million pounds were slaughtered making up for around a 70 million pound difference.

Meat Production Board (Fri)
 
 
Production Dec 12 Dec 19 Dec 26 Jan 02 Jan 09 Change Report
  Total Meat 959.5 954.4 700.0 804.9 910.9 106.0 Report
  Beef 470.7 455.8 322.8 371.7 442.5 70.8 Report
  Calf and Veal 1.8 1.8 1.2 1.4 1.7 0.3 Report
  Pork 484.2 494.0 373.9 429.5 464.3 34.8 Report
  Lamb and Mutton 2.8 2.8 2.1 2.3 2.4 0.1 Report
Slaughter Dec 12 Dec 19 Dec 26 Jan 02 Jan 09 Change Report
  Cattle 560,000 496,000 562,000 391,000 452,000 61,000 Report
  Calves and Veal 10,000 8,000 10,000 7,000 8,000 1,000 Report
  Hogs 2,219,000 1,991,000 2,236,000 1,738,000 1,998,000 260,000 Report
  Sheep and Lambs 40,000 32,000 39,000 30,000 33,000 3,000 Report
Weights: Live Dec 12 Dec 19 Dec 26 Jan 02 Jan 09 Change Report
  Cattle 1,362 1,365 1,366 1,368 1,366 -2 Report
  Calves and Veal 308 310 308 303 305 2 Report
  Hogs 286 287 287 287 287 0 Report
  Sheep and Lambs 134 135 135 137 137 0 Report
Weights: Dressed Dec 12 Dec 19 Dec 26 Jan 02 Jan 09 Change Report
  Cattle 827 828 828 827 824 -3 Report
  Calves and Veal 182 184 183 180 181 1 Report
  Hogs 214 215 215 215 215 0 Report
  Sheep and Lambs 67 67 68 69 69 0 Report
Slaughter By Class Dec 12 Dec 19 Dec 26 Jan 02 Jan 09 Change Report
  Steers 50.2% 48.7% 49.3% 50.4% 50.2% -0.2% Report
  Heifers 28.2% 30.2% 29.9% 30.3% 28.6% -1.7% Report
  Cows 19.6% 19.1% 19.0% 17.7% 19.4% 1.7% Report
  Bulls 2.0% 2.0% 1.8% 1.6% 1.8% 0.2% Report
  Barrows and Gilts 97.0% 97.1% 97.0% 97.5% 97.0% -0.5% Report
  Sows 2.7% 2.6% 2.7% 2.1% 2.7% 0.6% Report
  Boars 30.0% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.0% Report