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Commercial Red Meat Production Up from Last Year

by 5m Editor
27 June 2011, at 8:20am

US - Commercial red meat production for the US totaled 3.91 billion pounds in May, up 5 per cent from the 3.73 billion pounds produced in May 2010, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Beef production, at 2.13 billion pounds, was 2 per cent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.82 million head, up 1 per cent from May 2010. The average live weight was up 3 pounds from the previous year, at 1,253 pounds.

Veal production totaled 10.3 million pounds, 2 per cent above May a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 61,100 head, up 1 per cent from May 2010. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from last year, at 288 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.76 billion pounds, up 9 per cent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.54 million head, up 7 per cent from May 2010. The average live weight was up 3 pounds from the previous year, at 275 pounds.

January to May 2011 commercial red meat production was 20.0 billion pounds, up 2 per cent from 2010. Accumulated beef production was up 1 per cent from last year, veal was down 3 per cent and pork was up 2 per cent from last year.

While May 2010 contained 21 weekdays (including one holiday) and 5 Saturdays, May 2011 contained 22 weekdays (including one holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

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