April red meat production down 2%

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States in April was down 2% from a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

April commercial red meat production was 4,013 million lbs, down 6% from March 2010 and down 2% from April 2009, the U.S.D.A. said. January-April red meat production was about 15,948 million lbs, also down 2% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was 2,140 million lbs in April, down 3% from March but up slightly from April 2009. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.85 million head, up 3% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,253 lbs, down 23 lbs from a year earlier.

Pork production in April was 1,849 million lbs, down 9% from the previous month and down 4% from the previous year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.05 million head, down 4% from April 2009. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in April was 273 lbs, up 1 lb from the previous year.

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