October commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.53 billion pounds, down 2 percent from October 2007, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, for the January to October 2008 period, red meat production totaled 42.2 billion pounds, up 5 percent from 2007.
Pork production for October totaled 2.16 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 10.8 million head, up 1 percent from the same month last year. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 269 pounds.
Beef production, at 2.34 billion pounds, was 4 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.99 million head, also down 4 percent from the 2007 level. Average live weight was 1,303 pounds.
Accumulated beef production was up 2 percent from last year, veal was up 2 percent, pork was up 8 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 4 percent.
Both October 2007 and October 2008 contained 23 weekdays (including one holiday) and four Saturdays.