May 16, 2008
May 16, 2008 - Tighter supplies of cattle will force beef production to decline in 2009, and pork production will decline due to reduced farrowings later this year and next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demands Estimates.
Beef production in 2009 is forecast at 26.5 billion pounds, compared with 26.8 billion pounds in 2008. Pork production in 2009 is forecast at 22.9 billion pounds, compared with 23.5 billion pounds in 2008. Total red meat production in 2009 is expected to reach 49.8 billion pounds, down from 50.6 billion pounds in 2008.
The entire report is available at www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde/latest.pdf
. Reprinted in part from meatingplace.com