November red meat production down 2% from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production for the United States in November was down 2% from a year earlier, although pork production was record high, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

November commercial red meat production was 4,260 million lbs, down slightly from 4,271 million lbs in October and down 2% from November 2010, the U.S.D.A. said. January–November red meat production was 45,020 million lbs, up 1% from the same period of 2010.

November beef production was 2,149 million lbs, down 3% from October and down 4% from November 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.79 million head, down 3% from a year ago. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,293 lbs, down 6 lbs from November 2010.

Pork production was 2,087 million lbs, up 3% from October, up 1% from November 2010 and the highest ever in November, the U.S.D.A. said. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 10.04 million head, up 1% from November 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 278 lbs, unchanged from the previous year.

Veal production of 10.8 million lbs was up 3% from October but down 5% from the previous year. Calf slaughter totaled 73,000 head, up slightly from the previous year. The average live weight of calves at slaughter was 255 lbs, down 14 lbs from the previous year.

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