August red meat production up 2%

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WASHINGTON — Commercial red meat production in the United States was 4,325,500,000 lbs in August, up 2% from 4,257,600,000 lbs in the same month of the previous year, the U.S.D.A. said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report (click here to read report).

Beef production was 2,450,500,000 lbs, which was slightly above August 2006 at 2,450,000,000 lbs. Total cattle slaughter was 3.13 million head, down slightly from the previous year. The average live weight was up 3 lbs from August 2006, to 1,279 lbs.

Pork production was 1,849,900,000 lbs, which was up 4% from 1,780,200,000 lbs in August 2006. Hogs killed totaled 9.39 million head, which was up 3% from August 2006. The average live weight was up 1 lb from the previous year, to 263 lbs.

The January to August commercial red met production total was 31,840,400,000 lbs, which was up 2% from August 2006 at 31,364,000,000 lbs. Accumulated beef production was up 1% from the previous year and pork was up 3% from 2006.

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