Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.25 billion pounds in January, down 2 percent from the 4.35 billion pounds produced in January 2013.

Pork production totaled 2.09 billion pounds, 1 percent above the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.79 million head, 2 percent below January 2013. The average live weight was up 7 pounds from the previous year, at 284 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.14 billion pounds, was 5 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.68 million head, down 5 percent from January 2013. The average live weight was up 7 pounds from the previous year, at 1,334 pounds.

Source: Livestock Slaughter report, released Feb. 20