U.S. commercial meat production in January totaled 4.09 billion pounds, up 5 percent from the 3.90 billion pounds produced in January 2006.
There was 1.90 billion pounds of pork produced, 4 percent more than last year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.37 million head, 5 percent above January 2006. Average live weights at 271 pounds dropped 2 pounds.
The data for the commercial livestock slaughter estimates are compiled from electronic reports completed by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors, which provide daily counts of animals slaughtered in Federally Inspected plants, in addition to total live and dressed weights. These counts are combined with data from state-administered Non-Federally Inspected slaughter plants to derive total commercial slaughter estimates. More than 95 percent of the total U.S. slaughter for any species is under Federal Inspection.
There are nearly 800 livestock slaughter plants in the U.S. operating under Federal Inspection and more than 2,000 Non-Federally Inspected (State-inspected or custom-exempt) slaughter plants. To prevent duplication in reporting between FI and NFI plants and assure all FI plants are included, certificates prepared by FSIS identifying operating status are constantly monitored.
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