June red meat production up 1% from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States for June was up 1% from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

June commercial red meat production was 4,218.4 million lbs, up 8% from May, up 1% from June 2010 and record high for the month, the U.S.D.A. said. January–June red meat production was 24,201.4 million lbs, up 1% from the same period of the previous year.

June beef production was 2,374.5 million lbs, up 11% from May and up 2% from June 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 3.1 million head, up 2% from June 2010. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,262 lbs, up 1 lb from June 2010.

Pork production was 1,820.1 million lbs, up 3% from May but down 1% from June 2010. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 8.94 million head, down 1% from June 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 273 lbs, up 2 lbs from the previous year.

Veal production of 11.2 million lbs was up 4% from the previous year.

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