U.S. May red meat production down 5%

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States during May was down 5% from the same month a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

May commercial red meat production totaled about 3,732 million lbs, down 7% from April and down 5% from May 2009, the U.S.D.A. said. January-May red meat production was about 19,680 million lbs, down 2% from the same period of the previous year.

Beef production was about 2,088 million lbs in May, down 2% from April and down 4% from May 2009. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.79 million head, down 2% from May 2009. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,249 lbs in May, down 15 lbs from a year earlier.

Pork production in May was 1,621 million lbs, down 12% from the previous month and down 6% from the previous year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 7.97 million head, down 6% from May 2009. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in May was 272 lbs, up 1 lb from May 2009, the U.S.D.A. said.

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