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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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