U.S. July red meat production down 4%

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States during July was down 4% from the same month a year earlier, The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

July commercial red meat production totaled about 3,956 million lbs, down 5% from June and down 4% from July 2009, the U.S.D.A. said. January – July red meat production was about 27,814 million lbs, down 2% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was about 2,230.4 million lbs, down 4% from June and down 2% from July 2009. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.9 million head, down 1% from July 2009. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,273 lbs in July, down 9 lbs from a year earlier.

Pork production in July was 1,702 million lbs, down 7% from the previous month and year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 8.47 million head, down 7% from July 2009. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in July was 269 lbs, up 2 lbs from July 2009, the U.S.D.A. said.

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