Livestock Slaughter: Pork production up 7% from July 2012

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Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.16 billion pounds in July, up 5 percent from the 3.95 billion pounds produced in July 2012.

Pork production totaled 1.84 billion pounds, up 7 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.08 million head, up 6 percent from July 2012. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 271 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.29 billion pounds, was 4 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.89 million head, up 4 percent from July 2012. The average live weight was up 7 pounds from the previous year, at 1,302 pounds.

Veal production totaled 9.6 million pounds, 1 percent above July a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 70,000 head, up 4 percent from July 2012. The average live weight was down 7 pounds from last year, at 234 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 14.1 million pounds, was up 13 percent from July 2012. Sheep slaughter totaled 211,600 head, 19 percent above last year. The average live weight was 133 pounds, down 7 pounds from July a year ago.

January to July 2013 commercial red meat production was 28.3 billion pounds, up slightly from 2012. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down 6 percent, pork was up slightly from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 2 percent.



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