February red meat production up 3% from 2011
March 27, 2012
WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production for the United States in February 2012 was up 3% from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report. February 2012 commercial red meat production was 3,914 million lbs, down 5% from January but up 3% from February 2011, the U.S.D.A. said.
February beef production was 2,009 million lbs, down 5% from January and down 1% from February 2011. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.56 million head, down 2% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,307 lbs, up 21 lbs from February 2011.
Pork production was 1,882.9 million lbs, down 5% from January but up 6% from the previous year.
Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.04 million head, up 6% from the previous year. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 278 lbs, up 1 lb from the previous year.
Veal production was 9.8 million lbs, down 6% from January as well as February 2011. The average live weight of calves at slaughter was 276 lbs, up 12 lbs from the previous year.