US red meat production up 3% from 2011

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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Commercial red meat production for the US totaled 3.91 bill. lbs. in February, up 3% from the 3.81 bill. lbs. produced in February 2011, according to a production report issued by the US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Beef production, at 2.01 bill. lbs., was 1% below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.56 mill. head, down 2% from February 2011. The average live weight was up 21 lbs. from the previous year, at 1,307 lbs.

Veal production totaled 9.8 mill. lbs., 6% below February a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 60,200 head, down 13% from February 2011. The average live weight was up 12 lbs. from last year, at 276 lbs.

Pork production totaled 1.88 bill. lbs., up 6% from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.04 mill. head, up 6% from February 2011. The average live weight was up 1 lb. from the previous year, at 278 lbs.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.3 mill. lbs., was up 13% from February 2011. Sheep slaughter totaled 165,400 head, 7% above last year. The average live weight was 149 lbs., up 8 lbs. from February a year ago.

January to February 2012 commercial red meat production was 8.04 bill. lbs., up 2% from 2011. Accumulated beef production was down slightly from last year, veal was down 5%, pork was up 6% from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 10%.
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