November red meat production up 9%

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States in November was up 9% from the previous year, and a record for the month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

November commercial red meat production was 4,329.2 million lbs, up 2% from October 2010 and up 9% from November 2009, the U.S.D.A. said. January–November red meat production was 44,694.9 million lbs, down 1% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was 2,235.7 million lbs in November, down slightly from levels in October but up 11% from November 2009. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.88 million head, up 11% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,299 lbs, up 1 lb from a year ago.

Pork production in November was 2,067.8 million lbs, up 3% from the previous month and up 8% from the previous year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.97 million head, up 5% from November 2009. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in November was 278 lbs, up 6 lbs from the previous year.

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