February red meat production down 2%

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production for the United States in February was down 2% from the previous year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.
February commercial red meat production was 3,736.1 million lbs, down 5% from January and down 2% from February 2009, the U.S.D.A. said. January–February commercial red meat production was about 7,654 million lbs, down 4% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was 1,955.7 million lbs in February, down 6% from January and down 2% from February 2009. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.55 million head, which was up 1% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,285 lbs in February, down 25 lbs from the previous year.

Dairy cow slaughter in February was 223,000 head, down 4% from January and down 9% from February 2009. January–February dairy cow slaughter totaled 455,000 head, down 15% from the same period of the previous year.

Pork production in February was 1,757.4 million lbs, down 3% from the previous year and month. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 8.69 million head, down 3% from February 2009. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in February was 270 lbs, down 2 lbs from February 2009.

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