November red meat production up 2% from 2008

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WASHINGTON — Total red meat production for the United States in November was up 2% from the same month the previous year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

November commercial red meat production was 3,963 million lbs, and while this was up from the previous year it was down 10% from October, the U.S.D.A. said. January–November commercial red meat production was 45,117 million lbs, also down 2% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was 2,015 million lbs in November, down 11% from October but up 3% from November 2008. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.6 million head, up 3% from 2.5 million head a year earlier. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,298 lbs in November, down 4 lbs from 1,302 lbs in November 2008.
Dairy cow slaughter in November was 209,000 head, down 8% from October but up slightly from November 2008. January-November dairy cow slaughter totaled 2,584,000 head, up 9% from the same period of the previous year.

Pork production in November was 1,921 million lbs, down 8% from the previous month but up 2% from November 2008. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in November was 272 lbs, up 1 lb from a year earlier.

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