September red meat production down 2% from 2006

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — Commercial red meat production in the United States was 3,864,100,000 lbs in September, down 2% from the same month of the previous year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report (click here to read report).

Beef production was 2,094,900,000 lbs, which was down 3% from 2,169,900,000 lbs in September 2006. Total cattle slaughter was 2.67 million head, down 4% from the previous year. The average live weight was up 5 lbs from September 2006 to 1,290 lbs.

Pork production was 1,746,300,000 lbs, which was roughly equal to previous-year levels. Hogs killed totaled 8.77 million head, down 1% from Sept. 2006. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year at 266 lbs.

The January to August commercial red meat production total was 35,704,500,000 lbs, which was up 1% from the same period of 2006. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year and pork was up 2% from 2006.

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