March red meat production down 4% from 2011

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WASHINGTON—Total commercial red meat production in the United States in March 2012 was down 4% from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report. March 2012 commercial red meat production was 4,169.7 million lbs, up 7% from February but down 4% from 4,346.7 million lbs in March 2011, the U.S.D.A. said.

March beef production was 2,157.6 million lbs, up 7% from February but down 5% from March 2011. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.75 million head, down 7% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,299 lbs, up 23 lbs from March 2011.

Pork production was 1,987.9 million lbs, up 6% from February but down 3% from the previous year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.52 million head, down 4% from the previous year. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 279 lbs, up 1 lb from the previous year.

Veal production was 10 million lbs, up 2% from February but down 18% from March 2011.The average live weight of calves at slaughter was 283 lbs, down 1 lb from the previous year.

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