March red meat production record high

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production for the United States in March was up 3% from the previous year and record high for the month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

March commercial red meat production was 4,281.7 million lbs, up 15% from February and up 3% from March 2009, the U.S.D.A. said. January–March red meat production was about 11,936 million lbs, down 2% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was 2,212.1 million lbs in March, up 13% from February and up 3% from March 2009. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.91 million head, up 7% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,273 lbs in March, down 32 lbs from the previous year.

Pork production in March was 2,039.9 million lbs, up 16% from the previous month and up 4% from the previous year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 10 million head, up 4% from March 2009. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in March was 272 lbs, unchanged from March 2009.

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