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July 3, 2014

Farm Animal Statistics: Slaughter Totals


U.S. Slaughter Totals, by Species
1950 - 2014*

Year Cattle Chickens Ducks Hogs Sheep
& Lambs
Turkeys   Total
  (thousands of animals)   (billions
of animals)
1950 17,901 NA NA 69,543 12,852 NA   0.1
1955 25,723 NA NA 74,216 16,215 NA   0.1
1960 25,224 1,644,026 10,086 79,036 15,899 70,702   1.8
1965 32,398 2,192,378 10,455 73,852 13,008 92,720   2.4
1970 35,416 2,946,294 11,833 87,012 21,354 105,549   3.2
1975 41,464 3,097,430 11,458 69,824 15,892 119,445   3.4
1980 34,116 4,132,177 16,875 97,174 11,322 159,071   4.5
1985 36,593 4,617,280 21,608 84,938 6,300 175,181   4.9
1990 33,439 6,022,450 20,913 85,432 11,403 271,199   6.4
1995 35,817 7,530,847 19,528 96,536 4,631 281,032   8.0
2000 36,416 8,426,141 24,494 98,106 3,527 268,069   8.9
2001 35,530 8,566,382 26,260 98,082 3,290 269,302   9.0
2002 35,888 8,716,099 23,998 100,378 3,351 271,244   9.2
2003 35,647 8,684,434 24,301 101,043 3,042 267,781   9.1
2004 32,880 8,895,748 25,967 103,573 2,906 254,308   9.3
2005 32,539 9,000,473 27,890 103,690 2,763 248,094   9.4
2006 33,849 8,968,666 28,025 104,842 2,766 254,716   9.4
2007 34,264 9,035,620 27,311 109,172 2,694 264,926   9.5
2008 34,365 9,075,261 24,149 116,452 2,556 271,245   9.5
2009 33,338 8,658,860 22,767 113,618 2,516 245,768   9.1
2010 34,249 8,790,478 23,627 110,260 2,458 242,619   9.2
2011 34,087 8,683,067 24,472 110,860 2,164 246,844   9.1
2012 32,951 8,576,194 24,183 113,163 2,183 250,192   9.0
2013 32,459 8,648,756 24,575 112,126    2,314 239,385   9.1
                 
2013*  13,375 3,590,247 10,272 46,433 937 99,669   3.8
2014* 12,605 3,542,950 10,679 44,608 955 92,095   3.7
% Change -5.8% -1.3% 4.0% -3.9% 1.9% -7.6%   -1.5%
                 
Graphs: All species [PDF] Excluding chickens [PDF] Chickens only [PDF]
                 
*Year to date through May
Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Note: These data do not include statistics on the slaughter of fish, crustaceans, rabbits, and other farmed animals for whom the USDA does not provide information, or on the slaughter of animals who are not farmed, such as equines. The USDA estimates that up to 2 million rabbits were slaughtered in 2001 in the United States. There is no more recent report than the 2002 Rabbit Industry Profile.

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