U.S. pork production in September was down 6 percent from the previous year at 1.88 billion pounds, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Livestock Slaughter report for October 2010.
Hog kill totaled 9.34 million head, also down 6 percent from September 2009. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year, at 270 pounds.
Beef production, at 2.25 billion pounds, was 1 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.90 million head, up 3 percent from September 2009. The average live weight was down 21 pounds from the previous year, at 1,289 pounds.
Total commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.16 billion pounds in September, down 2 percent from the 4.26 billion pounds produced in September 2009.
January to September 2010 U.S. commercial red meat production was 36.1 billion pounds, down 2 percent from 2009.
Accumulated pork production for the January to September 2010 period the was down 4 percent from last year.