June beef production record large for the month

The USDA says more beef was produced in June 2022 than any other June on record. That is due in part to herd liquidation in some states that are being heavily impacted by drought.

Commercial beef production was 2.453 billion pounds, up 2% on the year, with a 3% increase in the slaughter to 3.041 million head canceling out a seven-pound loss in the average live weight at 1,339 pounds.

The June 2022 dairy cow slaughter was 233,000 head, up 7,800 from May, but down 4,500 from June 2021. The year-to-date slaughter is 1.521 million head, 42,000 slower than a year ago.

Commercial pork production was 2.255 billion pounds, slightly more than last year, with the slaughter 1% lower at 10.503 million head and the average live weight four pounds heavier at 288 pounds.

For the first half of 2022, commercial red meat production is 27.727 billion pounds, 1% behind the 2021 pace.

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