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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Joe Morse
Monday, March 10, 2008

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RED MEAT PRODUCTION DOWN 4 PERCENT

Commercial red meat production in New York slaughter plants totaled 33.6 million pounds in 2007, according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.  This output is down 4 percent from the 35.1 million pounds produced in 2006, and down 15 percent from the 39.4 million pounds produced in 2005.

The number of calves slaughtered in the State, at 156,800 head, was up 41 percent from 2006, and total pounds of veal produced were up 5 percent.

Cattle slaughter in the Empire State totaled 27,600 head during 2007, down 10 percent from a year earlier, and 26 percent from 2005.  Sheep and lamb slaughter totaled 40,800 head in 2007, up slightly from 2006 and 6 percent from 2005.  New York establishments slaughtered 30,900 hogs during 2007, down 14 percent from the year earlier, and 5 percent lower than 2005.

Total red meat production the United States totaled 48.8 billion pounds in 2007, 2 percent higher than the previous year.  Beef production totaled 26.5 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the previous year. Veal production totaled 146 million pounds, down 6 percent from last year. Pork production, at 22.0 billion pounds, was 4 percent above the previous year. Lamb and mutton production totaled 188 million pounds, down 1 percent from 2006.

Nationally, commercial cattle slaughter during 2007 totaled 34.3 million head, up 2 percent from 2006. Commercial calf slaughter totaled 758,100 head, 7 percent higher than a year ago. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 109.2 million head, 4 percent higher than 2006.  Commercial sheep and lamb slaughter, at 2.69 million head, was down slightly from the previous year. The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to www.nass.usda.gov/ny.

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3-10-08