April red meat production down 4% from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States for April was down 4% from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

April commercial red meat production was 3,870.4 million lbs, down 11% from March and down 4% from April 2010, the U.S.D.A. said. January–April red meat production was 16,070.8 million lbs, up 1% from the same period of the previous year.

April beef production was 2,054.9 million lbs, down 9% from March and down 4% from April 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.72 million head, down 4% from April 2010. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,257 lbs, up 4 lbs from April 2010.

Pork production was 1,791 million lbs, down 13% from March and down 3% from April 2010. Commercial hog slaughter was 8.63 million head, down 5% from April 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in April was 277 lbs, up 4 lbs from the previous year.

Veal production of 10.2 million lbs was down 8% from a year ago and was record low for the month of April.

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