5 Interesting Facts About Meat Production
If you like meat, then this article is for you. It contains a list of the most interesting things about the meat industry. If you are considering raising meat goats, cows, or hogs, then you should pay attention to the numbers. It’s a good industry to get into.
- Meat Production Accounts for Roughly 6 Percent of U.S. GDP
In 2013, roughly 482,000 workers were employed by the meat industry. The combined salaries of these workers was valued at $19 billion. If you add distributors and suppliers to these workers, the total amount of jobs created by the meat industry is about 6.2 million. This is valued at $864.2 billion each year.
- Billions of Pounds of Meat are Produced a Year
In the U.S., about 25.8 billion pounds of beef were produced in 2013. This was procured from 33.2 million cattle. This is a good indication that meat in general is popular and that new livestock, such as raising goat meat, would thrive in this industry.
The meat industry processed an additional 8.6 billion chickens and 239.4 million turkeys. The numbers continue to grow if you add sheeps and hogs. About 2.3 million sheeps and 112 million hogs were processed in 2013. Again, this is a good time to start raising goat meat.
About 23.2 billion pounds of pork and 5.8 billion pounds of turkey were produced. Veal, mutton, and lamb account for 286 million pounds of meat. Chicken production outpaced other types of meats. About 38.4 billion pounds of chicken were produced in 2013. If you decide to raise goat meat, you will probably benefit in the long term.
- More than 7 Billion Dollars Worth of Meat Was Exported
Exports of meat to other countries is high. 1.2 million tons of beef were exported in 2014 to Mexico, China, Japan, and Canada.
- Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas are the Top Cattle Slaughtering States
These states slaughter the most cattle. Iowa, Minnesota, and North Carolina slaughter the most hogs.
- Meat Production Pollutes the Environment
Producing meat leads to pollution. Some of the common pollutants include fossil fuel, animal methane, and effluent waste. Livestock accounts for 14.5 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. This includes the pollution from raising goat meat.