January red meat production up 5% from 2012

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States during January 2013 was 4,348.3 million lbs, up 9% from December and up 5% from January 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

Pork production was 2,065.5 million lbs, up 6% from December and up 4% from January 2012. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.96 million head, up 4% from the previous year. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 277 lbs, down 1 lb from the previous year.

January beef production was 2,260 million lbs, up 12% from December and up 7% from January 2012. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.83 million head, up 4% from January 2012. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,327 lbs, up 27 lbs from January 2012.

Veal production was 10.5 million lbs, up 7% from December and up slightly from 10.4 million lbs during January 2012. The average live weight of calves at slaughter was 253 lbs, down 9 lbs from the previous year.
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