October red meat production up slightly from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production for the United States in October was up slightly from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

October commercial red meat production was 4,270.9 million lbs, up 2% from September and up slightly from 4,262.2 million lbs in October 2010, the U.S.D.A. said. January–October red meat production was 40,760.2 million lbs, up 1% from the same period of the previous year.

October beef production was 2,215.2 million lbs, down slightly from 2,215.5 million lbs in September and down 1% from October 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.86 million head, down slightly from a year ago. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,289 lbs, down 9 lbs from October 2010.

Pork production was 2,033.5 million lbs, up 4% from September and up 2% from October 2010. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.91 million head, up 2% from October 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 275 lbs, down 1 lb from the previous year.

Veal production of 10.5 million lbs was down 8% from the previous year and was record low for the month.

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