May red meat production up 7% from 2011

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WASHINGTON — Total commercial red meat production in the United States in May 2012 was 4,182.8 million lbs, up 9% from a month earlier and up 7% from May 2011, the U.S.D.A. said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report.

May beef production was 2,232 million lbs, up 12% from April and up 5% from May 2011. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.88 million head, up 2% from the previous year. The average live weight of cattle at slaughter was 1,280 lbs, up 27 lbs from May 2011.

Pork production was a record-high (for May) 1,926.8 million lbs, up 5% from April and up 9% from the previous year, the U.S.D.A. said. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 9.28 million head, up 9% from the previous year. The average live weight of slaughter hogs was 277 lbs, up 2 lbs from a year earlier.

Veal production was 10.4 million lbs, up 5% from April and up 1% from May 2011. The average live weight of calves at slaughter was 295 lbs, up 7 lbs from the previous year.

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