The USDA released several shutdown-delayed reports on Thursday, including the Livestock Slaughter and Cold Storage reports.
In September, pork production was down 4 percent from last year, totaling 1.84 billion pounds. The Livestock Slaughter report also showed that hog slaughter totaled around 9 million head, down 4 percent from September 2012.
The average live weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 273 pounds.
Commercial red meat production for the country was reported at 3.9 billion pounds in September, down slightly the 3.95 million pounds produced last year.
Beef production was 3 percent above 2012’s report at 2.07 billion pounds. Cattle slaughter was also 3 percent ahead of last year’s report, totaling 2.61 million head.
January to September 2013 commercial red meat production was 36.4 billion pounds, down slightly from 2012. Accumulated beef production was down slightly from last year, veal was down 6 percent, pork was down 1 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 1 percent.
Frozen pork supplies on Sept. 30 were down 10 percent from 2012 but up 3 percent from August. Stocks of pork bellies were up considerably from last year (+45 percent) and last month (+18 percent).
Total red meat supplies in freezers were down 4 percent from 2012, and total pounds of beef in freezers were up 5 percent from last year.