August red meat production up 4% from year ago

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

August commercial red meat production was 4,302.6 million lbs, up 13% from July and up 4% from August 2010, the U.S.D.A. said. January – August red meat production was 32,297.5 million lbs, up 1% from the same period of the previous year.

August beef production was 2,386.7 million lbs, up 12% from July and up 4% from August 2010. Cattle slaughter totaled 3.1 million head, up 5% from August 2010. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,270 lbs, down 7 lbs from August 2010.

Pork production was 1,891.5 million lbs, up 16% from July, up 4% from August 2010 and record high for the month, the U.S.D.A. said. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.53 million head, up 5% from August 2010. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 266 lbs, down 1 lb from the previous year.

Veal production of 11.3 million lbs was up 1% from the previous year.

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