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Commercial Red Meat Production Down in November

by 5m Editor
28 December 2011, at 7:04am

US - Commercial red meat production was down two per cent in November, according to the latest <em>Livestock Slaughter</em> report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.26 billion pounds in November, down 2 per cent from the 4.33 billion pounds produced in November 2010.

Pork production totaled 2.09 billion pounds, up 1 per cent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.04 million head, up 1 per cent from November 2010. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year, at 278 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.15 billion pounds, was 4 per cent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.79 million head, down 3 per cent from November 2010. The average live weight was down 6 pounds from the previous year, at 1,293 pounds.

Veal production totaled 10.8 million pounds, 5 per cent below November a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 73,000 head, up slightly from November 2010. The average live weight was down 14 pounds from last year, at 255 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.6 million pounds, was down 12 per cent from November 2010. Sheep slaughter totaled 186,700 head, 15 per cent below last year. The average live weight was 135 pounds, up 4 pounds from November a year ago.

January to November 2011 commercial red meat production was 45.0 billion pounds, up 1 per cent from 2010.

Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down 3 per cent, pork was up 2 per cent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 9 per cent.

November 2010 and November 2011 both contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.