The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.27 billion pounds in September, up 11 percent from the 3.86 billion pounds produced in September 2007. The figure was recorded in the September 2008 Livestock Slaughter Report.
According to the report, pork production totaled 1.97 billion pounds, up 13 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.96 million head, up 14 percent from September 2007 with the average live weight at 266 pounds.
Commercial red meat production for the January to September 2008 period was 37.7 billion pounds, up 5 percent from 2007. Accumulated beef production was up 3 percent from last year, veal was down 1 percent, pork was up 9 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 3 percent.