April red meat production down slightly from 2011

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States in April 2012 was down slightly from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

April 2012 commercial red meat production was 3,855.1 million lbs, down 8% from March and down slightly from 3,867.8 million lbs in April 2011, the U.S.D.A. said.

April beef production was 1,990.6 million lbs, down 8% from March and down 3% from April 2011. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.57 million head, down 6% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,282 lbs, up 25 lbs from April 2011.

Pork production was 1,841.7 million lbs, down 7% from March but up 3% from the previous year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 8.83 million head, up 2% from the previous year. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 278 lbs, up 1 lb from the previous year.

Veal production was 9.9 million lbs, a record low for April and down 1% from March and down 3% from April 2011. The average live weight of calves at slaughter was 295 lbs, down 1 lb from the previous year.

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