October 25, 2011
US red meat production climbs 1% in September
Commercial red meat production in the US totalled 4.19 billion pounds, a 1% jump from the 4.16 billion pounds generated in September 2010, says USDA.
Totalling 2.22billion pounds, beef production was 2% below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totalled 2.88million head, down 1% from September 2010. The average live weight was down 11 pounds from the previous year, at 1,278 pounds.
Veal production totalled 10.7million pounds, 5% below September a year ago. Calf slaughter totalled 73,800 head, up 4% from September 2010. The average live weight was down 22 pounds from last year, at 252 pounds.
Pork production totalled 1.95billion pounds, up 4% from the previous year. Hog slaughter totalled 9.69million head, up 4% from September 2010. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year, at 270 pounds.
Totalling 11.8million pounds, lamb and mutton production was down 10% from September 2010. Sheep slaughter totalled 177,000 head, 14% below last year. The average live weight was 134 pounds, up 5 pounds from September a year ago.
Commercial red meat production from January to September totalled 36.5billion pounds, up 1% from 2010. Accumulated beef production was up 1% from last year, veal was down 3%, pork was up 2% from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 8%.