April red meat production down 2%

by Staff
Share This:

WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States in April was down 2% from a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

April commercial red meat production was 4,013 million lbs, down 6% from March 2010 and down 2% from April 2009, the U.S.D.A. said. January-April red meat production was about 15,948 million lbs, also down 2% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was 2,140 million lbs in April, down 3% from March but up slightly from April 2009. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.85 million head, up 3% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,253 lbs, down 23 lbs from a year earlier.

Pork production in April was 1,849 million lbs, down 9% from the previous month and down 4% from the previous year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.05 million head, down 4% from April 2009. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in April was 273 lbs, up 1 lb from the previous year.

Comment on this Article
We welcome your thoughtful comments. Please comply with our Community rules.



The views expressed in the comments section of Food Business News do not reflect those of Food Business News or its parent company, Sosland Publishing Co., Kansas City, Mo. Concern regarding a specific comment may be registered with the Editor by clicking the Report Abuse link.