Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.90 billion pounds in February, up 5% from the 3.73 billion pounds produced in February 2015.
Beef production, at 1.89 billion pounds, was 7% above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.29 million head, up 5% from February 2015. The average live weight was up 17 pounds from the previous year, at 1,372 pounds.
Veal production totaled 6.1 million pounds, 3% below February a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 36,500 head, down 1% from February 2015. The average live weight was down 6 pounds from last year, at 287 pounds.
Pork production totaled 2.00 billion pounds, up 3% from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.43 million head, up 4% from February 2015. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from the previous year, at 283 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production, at 12.5 million pounds, was up 8% from February 2015. Sheep slaughter totaled 175,800 head, 7% above last year. The average live weight was 142 pounds, up 1 pound from February a year ago.
January to February 2016 commercial red meat production was 8.00 billion pounds, up 2% from 2015. Accumulated beef production was up 3% from last year, veal was down 2%, pork was up 1% from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 2%.