May red meat production up 5% from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States for May was up 5% from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

May commercial red meat production was 3,914.3 million lbs, up 1% from April and up 5% from May 2010, the U.S.D.A. said. January–May red meat production was 19,983.2 million lbs, up 2% from the same period of the previous year.

May beef production was 2,131.4 million lbs, up 4% from April and up 2% from May 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.82 million head, up 1% from May 2010. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,253 lbs, up 3 lbs from May 2010.

Pork production was 1,759.7 million lbs, down 2% from April but up 9% from May 2010. Commercial hog slaughter was 8.54 million head, up 7% from May 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs in May was 275 lbs, up 3 lbs from the previous year.

Veal production of 10.3 million lbs was up 2% from a year ago.

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