USDA says California and the US is eating a lot less red meat. The finding appears to be based on both supply and demand in 2014.
California’s production of red meat plunged during November 2014 totaled 107.0 million pounds, 11 percent lower than the previous month and 22 percent lower than November 2013.
US MEAT PRODUCTION DOWN FROM LAST YEAR
Commercial red meat production for the United State s totaled 3.76 billion pounds in November, down 9 percent from the 4.12 billion pounds produced in November 2013.
Beef production, at 1.85 billion pounds, was 10 per cent below the previous year.
Veal production totaled 6.5 million pounds, 29 percent below November a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 35,900 head, down 41 percent from November 2013.
Pork production totaled 1.89 billion pounds, down 7 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.81 million head, down 9 percent from November 2013.
Lamb and mutton production, at 11.5 million pounds, was down 3 percent from November 2013. Sheep slaughter totaled 173,600 head, 6 percent below last year.