Lighter market weights have been a key factor in the cattle market this year. Total commercial cattle slaughter during the first half of 1965 was 5 percent above a year earlier. However, market weights averaged 32 pounds per head lighter than in the same months of 1964. As a result, tonnage of carcass beef produced was practically the same as a year earlier. With population growth, per capita supplies were slightly smaller.
Iowa Farm Science: Vol. 20
, Article 7.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmscience/vol20/iss3/7