US meat production reaches record high
Total red meat production in the US reached a record 47.7 billion pounds
(21.68 million tonnes) in 2006, up 4% year-on-year, according to a report from
the US Department of Agriculture.
The Livestock slaughter summary 2006 report showed that beef production
reached 26.3bn lbs (11.95mt) over last year, up 6% year-on-year, while veal
production reached just 155m lbs (70 400t), down 6% year-on-year. Meanwhile,
pork production reached 21.1bn lbs (9.59mt), up 2% year-on-year, while lamb and
mutton production fell 1% on 2005 levels to 190m lbs (86 360t).
The state of Nebraska has retained its title as the top red-meat
producing state in the US, producing around 15% of all red meat in the US, the
USDA data revealed. The states of Iowa and Kansas followed, producing 13.7% and
12.9% respectively, while output in Texas, the fourth-largest meat producing
state accounted for 10.4%.
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