USDA: Pork production up 4 percent from Jan. 2012

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According to the USDA's latest Livestock Slaughter report, commercial meat production for the United States totaled 4.35 billion pounds in January, up 5 percent from the 4.12 billion pounds produced in January 2012.

Pork production totaled 2.07 billion pounds, 4 percent above the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.96 million head, 4 percent above January 2012. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 277 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.26 billion pounds, was 7 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.83 million head, up 4 percent from January 2012. The average live weight was up 27 pounds from the previous year, at 1,327 pounds.

Veal production totaled 10.5 million pounds, slightly above January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 70,900 head, 5 percent above January 2012. The average live weight was down 9 pounds from last year, at 253 pounds.



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