January red meat production up 2% from 2011

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production for the United States in January 2012 was up 2% from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.
January 2012 commercial red meat production was 4,123.4 million lbs, down 2% from December but up 2% from January 2011, the U.S.D.A. said.

January beef production was 2,113.8 million lbs, down 1% from December and down slightly from 2,123.7 million lbs in January 2011. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.72 million head, down 1% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,300 lbs, down 1 lb from January 2011.

Pork production was 1,987 million lbs, down 4% from December but up 5% from the previous year.

Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.54 million head, up 5% from the previous year. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 278 lbs, unchanged from the previous year.

Veal production of 10.4 million lbs was down 3% from December as well as January 2011. The average live weight of calves at slaughter was 262 lbs, unchanged from the previous year.

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