The U.S. set new records for 2015 earlier this month as well as some new all-time records.

  • red meat production (all-time)
  • beef production (2015)
  • pork production (all-time)
  • cattle slaughter (2015)
  • hog slaughter  (all-time)
  • heaviest cattle (all-time, Nov. 28th)
  • heaviest hogs  (2015)

The USDA projected red meat production (beef, pork & lamb) the week before last at 1.0357 billion pounds.  This is the most red meat produced in one week this year and on record.  Furthermore, the USDA projects the U.S. produced 2.05 billion of red meat over the past 2 weeks.  If realized, this also will be the most red meat produced in a two-week period on record.

The USDA projected beef production at 499.2 million pounds, up 7.1 million pounds from the week prior.  If realized, this will be the most beef produced in 2015.

The USDA projected weekly pork production at 532.1 million pounds, up 14.4 million pounds from the week prior.  If realized, this will be the most pork produced in one week in history.

The U.S. first produced over 500 million pounds of pork in one week in December 2007 and then once again in January 2008.  It then produced over 500 million pounds once again in December 2013.  The U.S. never produced over 500 million pounds of pork in one week again until November 7th, 2015.  The USDA has now projected pork production over 500 million pounds the last 3 weeks and 6 out of 7 the past weeks.

The USDA projected weekly cattle slaughter at 590K head, up 9k head from the week prior.  If realized, this will be the highest cattle slaughter in 2015.

The USDA projected weekly hog slaughter at 2.493 million, up 67k head from the week prior.  If realized, this will be the highest hog slaughter in one week in history.  Weekly hog slaughter in the U.S. has been over 2.4 million head 8 times in history.  The USDA has projected hog slaughter over 2.4 million 3 weeks straight.

The USDA projected weekly cattle weights at 1,399 pounds last week, up 2 pounds from the week prior.  If realized, this will be the 2nd largest weekly cattle weights in history.  The U.S. set the all-time record for weekly cattle weights on November 28th, 2015 at 1,403 pounds.  It is the only time in history that weekly cattle weights averaged over 1,400 pounds.

Original article December 22, Pork Network

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