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Commercial Red Meat Production up Slightly

by 5m Editor
24 November 2011, at 5:36am

US - Commercial red production was slightly higher in October than in the same month a year ago, according to the latest <em>Livestock Slaughter</em> report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Commercial red meat production for the US totalled 4.27 billion pounds in October, up slightly from the 4.26 billion pounds produced in October 2010.

Pork production totalled 2.03 billion pounds, up two per cent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.91 million head, up two per cent from October 2010. The average live weight was down one pound from the previous year, at 275 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.22 billion pounds, was one per cent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totalled 2.86 million head, down slightly from October 2010. The average live weight was down nine pounds from the previous year, at 1,289 pounds.

Veal production totalled 10.5 million pounds, eight per cent below October a year ago. Calf slaughter totalled 72,600 head, up two per cent from October 2010. The average live weight was down 23 pounds from last year, at 252 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 11.7 million pounds, was down 11 per cent from October 2010. Sheep slaughter totalled 174,600 head, 14 per cent below last year. The average live weight was 134 pounds, up four pounds from October a year ago.

January to October 2011 commercial red meat production was 40.8 billion pounds, up one per cent from 2010.

Accumulated beef production was up one per cent from last year, veal was down three per cent, pork was up two per cent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down eight per cent.

October 2010 and October 2011 both contained 21 weekdays (including one holiday) and five Saturdays.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.