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USDA raises 2024 red meat production, lowers poultry

The USDA has increased its 2024 U.S. red meat production guess, while lowering the outlook for poultry. Beef production is projected at 26.655 billion pounds, up 65 million from June on expectations for higher steer and heifer slaughter to cancel out a lower cow... Read More.

MO Ag Dept. will try again for state meat inspection funds

Missouri Governor Mike Parson vetoed the near $500,000 that would reimburse the Missouri Ag Department’s meat inspection program for unexpected costs and Missouri’s ag director says the agency will go back to the drawing board. Chris Chinn tells Brownfield “we’ll have to go back... Read More.

U.S. Meat Export Federation prioritizes demand growth

The president of the U.S. Meat Export Federation says growing demand for U.S. beef on the global market is a marathon. Dan Halstrom says the organization continues its work to build relationships with customers and grow the value of U.S. beef.  He says the... Read More.

Red meat, poultry in cold storage below a year ago

U.S. red meat in cold storage fell below year ago levels. The USDA says red meat stocks at the end of May were 5% lower than last year at 929.67 million pounds, reflecting good demand, partially canceling out the year-to-year increase in monthly production.... Read More.

Red meat production up 1% in May

U.S. red meat was slightly higher in May. The USDA says commercial red meat production for May was 4.62 billion pounds, 1 percent higher than May of 2023. Beef production was up 1 percent from the previous year with total cattle slaughter down 3... Read More.

HutchCC Meat Evaluation Team Claims National Championship

By Hutchinson Community College HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson Community College meat animal evaluation team wrapped up a strong spring with a national championship from the All East Intercollegiate Livestock Judging contest hosted by Mississippi State University April 18-20. 

Red meat as part of a balanced diet

In some instances red meat has gotten a bad rap when it comes being part of a balanced diet.  David Newman, senior vice president of market development for the National Pork Board says the benefits of red meat should be celebrated. AUDIO: Healthy Living on... Read More.

Indiana establishes small meat processors loan program

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director says a new program will increase the state’s meat processing capacity. Don Lamb says small facilities have struggled to keep up with demand since the pandemic and additional infrastructure investments will reduce current backlogs. “The idea is that... Read More.

2023 red meat, poultry, dairy stocks down from 2022

2023 ended with tighter supplies of red meat and poultry in cold storage than 2022. The USDA says the red meat total at the end of last year was 929.03 million pounds, 99.198 million pounds less than the previous year, largely due to better... Read More.

Red meat, poultry stocks in cold storage tighten

Red meat and poultry stocks in cold storage at the end of January were below year ago levels. That’s due to a combination of lower rates of production and solid demand. The USDA says red meat stocks were 964.835 million pounds, down 11% from... Read More.

January red meat production a little bit above a year ago

U.S. red meat production was slightly larger in January 2024 than January 2023. The USDA says commercial red meat production to start the year was 4.768 billion pounds, a modest increase on the year, with beef and pork both up 2% at 2.281 billion... Read More.