California milk producers had a total of 1.78 million milk cows for January that produced 3.44 billion pounds of milk. Milk production is up 2 percent from December, 2015 and down 3 percent from January 2015. Monthly milk per cow averaged 1,935 pounds, up 40 pounds from December 2015.
California Cattle on Feed
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in California for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 445,000 head on February 1, 2016. The inventory was 1 percent below from last month and up 1 percent from February 1, 2015. During January, placements in feedlots totaled 46,000 head, down 28 percent from the previous year. Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 46,000 head, up 5 percent from January 2015. Other disappearance totaled 5,000 head during January, unchanged from January 2015.
United States Cattle on Feed
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.7 million head on February 1, 2016. The inventory was down slightly from February 1, 2015.
Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.78 million head, 1 percent below from 2015. Net placements were 1.72 million head. During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 340,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 365,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 494,000 head, and 800 pounds and greater were 580,000 head.
Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.59 million head, 2 percent below from last year.
Other disappearance totaled 56,000 head during January, 27 percent below from previous year.
Pacific Region Commercial Slaughter
California’s production of red meat during January 2016 totaled 113 million pounds (dressed weight), 1 percent below than January 2015. This figure includes slaughter in Federally-inspected and state-inspected plants, but excludes farm slaughter. In January 2016, the average live weight of cattle slaughtered in California was 1,360 pounds, calves averaged 86 pounds, sheep and lambs averaged 144 pounds, and hogs averaged 248 pounds. In Hawaii, 700,000 pounds of red meat were produced in January 2016, and 100,000 pounds of red meat were produced in Nevada.
United States Commercial Slaughter
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.06 billion pounds in January, 2016, 1 percent below the 4.09 billion pounds produced in January 2015.
Beef production, at 1.95 billion pounds, was 1 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.36 million head, down 2 percent from January 2015.
Veal production totaled 6.70 million pounds, 2 percent below January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 41,800 head, up 5 percent from January 2015.
Pork production totaled 2.08 billion pounds, down 1 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.74 million head, down slightly from January 2015.
Lamb and mutton production, at 11.2 million pounds, was 4 percent below from January 2015. Sheep slaughter totaled 161,400 head, down 3 percent from last year.