September red meat production equal to year ago

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WASHINGTON — Total red meat production for the United States in September was nearly equal to levels during the previous year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

September commercial red meat production was 4,262 million lbs, up 5% from August but just slightly below September 2008, the U.S.D.A. said. January-September commercial red meat production was about 36,763 million lbs, down 2% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was 2,234 million lbs in September, up 2% from August but down 2% from September 2008. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.814 million head, down 3% from 2.9 million head the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,311 lbs in September, up 14 lbs from 1,297 lbs a year ago.

Dairy cow slaughter in September was 236,000 head, down 1% from August but up 6% from 223,000 head in September 2008. January – September dairy cow slaughter totaled 2,148,000 head, up 12% from the same period of the previous year.

Pork production in September was 2,001 million lbs, up 7% from the previous month, up 1% from September 2008 and record high for the month, the U.S.D.A. said. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in September was 270 lbs, up 4 lbs from 266 lbs in September 2008.

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