WASHINGTON – Last year’s total production of cattle and calves, hogs and pigs, and sheep and lambs for the US totaled 72.4 billion lbs., down 1 percent from 2009, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service study titled Meat Animals Production, Disposition, and Income 2010 Summary. Production decreased 3 percent for hogs and pigs, 4 percent for sheep and lambs, but increased 1 percent for cattle and calves.

Total 2010 cash receipts from marketings of meat animals increased 19 percent to $70.0 billion. Cattle and calves accounted for over 73 percent of this total, hogs and pigs nearly 26 percent, and sheep and lambs less than 1 percent.

The 2010 gross income from cattle and calves, hogs and pigs, and sheep and lambs for the US totaled $70.5 billion, up 19 percent from 2009. Gross income for cattle and calves increased 17 percent, hogs and pigs increased 22 percent, and sheep and lambs increased 22 percent over previous year's gross income.

Cash receipts from marketings of cattle and calves increased 17 percent from $43.9 billion in 2009 to $51.5 billion in 2010. All cattle and calf marketings totaled 55.5 billion lbs. in 2010, up 2 percent from 2009; cash receipts from hogs and pigs totaled $17.9 billion during 2010, up 22 percent from 2009. Marketings totaled 31.4 billion lbs. in 2010, down 5 percent from 2009.

Cash receipts from marketings of sheep and lambs in 2010 were $544 million, up 22 percent from 2009. Marketings decreased 3 percent to 493 million lbs.