The USDA released its annual Livestock Slaughter summary on Monday, showing a slight dip in pork production from 2012 to 2013.
According to the report, pork production in 2013 was reported at 23.2 billion pounds, slightly below the 2012 report of 23.3 billion pounds.
This minimal decrease in pork production followed the trend also seen in beef and total red meat production. Red meat production dropped slightly from 2012 to 49.3 billion pounds while beef production fell by 1 percent in 2013 to 25.8 billion pounds.
The USDA also reported a drop in commercial hog slaughter; however, the average live weight of hogs slaughtered rose by 1 pound to 276 pounds.
In 2013, 112.1 million head of hogs were slaughtered. Of these, barrows and gilts comprised of 97 percent of the total federally inspected hog slaughter.
Both cattle and calf slaughter were also slightly lower than the year before. Read the full report here.