February red meat production up 2% from year ago
March 28, 2011
WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States in February was up 2% from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.
February commercial red meat production was 3,811.3 million lbs, down 6% from January 2011 but up 2% from February 2010, the U.S.D.A. said. January–February red meat production was 7,853.3 million lbs, up 3% from the same period of the previous year.
February beef production was 2,021.2 million lbs, down 5% from January but up 3% from February 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.62 million head, up 3% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,286 lbs, up 1 lb from February 2010.
Pork production in February was 1,768.7 million lbs, down 7% from January but up 1% from February 2010. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 8.51 million head, down 2% from February 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in February was 277 lbs, up 7 lbs from the previous year.