How Many Cows Are Killed Each Day?

According to a 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 6.6 million cows were commercially slaughtered in the U.S. in 2012, which results in an average of 18,032 cows killed each day. Including steers and heifers, a total of 32.95 million cattle were commercially slaughtered, which averages to 90,027 killed each day.

In 2012, the retail equivalent value of the entire U.S. beef industry was worth $85 billion. The amount of beef consumption in the U.S. came to a total of 25.8 billion pounds. U.S. beef exports totaled 2.46 billion pounds, bringing a total of $5.11 billion to the American economy. The top export markets for U.S. beef were Canada (467 million pounds valued at $1.18 billion) and Japan (450 million pounds valued at $1 billion).