July red meat production down 4% from year ago

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

July commercial red meat production was 3,793.4 million lbs, down 10% from June and down 4% from July 2010, the U.S.D.A. said. January-July red meat production was 27,994.9 million lbs, up 1% from the same period of the previous year.

July beef production was 2,135.2 million lbs, down 10% from June and down 4% from July 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.77 million head, down 5% from July 2010. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,272 lbs, down 1 lb from July 2010.

Pork production was 1,637.2 million lbs, down 10% from June and down 4% from July 2010. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 8.16 million head, down 4% from July 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 268 lbs, down 1 lb from the previous year.

Veal production of 10.1 million lbs was down 8% from the previous year and record low for the month of July.

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