March red meat production up 2% from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States in March was up 2% from a year earlier and at a record high for the month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

March commercial red meat production was 4,347 million lbs, up 14% from February and up 2% from March 2010, the U.S.D.A. said. January - March red meat production was 12,200 million lbs, up 2% from the same period of the previous year.

March beef production was 2,266 million lbs, up 12% from February and up 2% from March 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.96 million head, up 2% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,276 lbs, up 3 lbs from March 2010.

Pork production in March was 2,055 million lbs, up 16% from February and up 1% from March 2010. Commercial hog slaughter was 9.87 million head, down 2% from March 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in March was 278 lbs, up 6 lbs from the previous year.

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