Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.61 billion pounds in October. The total is an all time record according to USDA's National Statistics Service -- up 10 percent from October 2006. Pork production totaled 2.14 billion pounds, up 11 percent from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 10.7 million head, up 11 percent from October 2006. The average live weight was up one pound from the previous year, at 270 pounds.
For the January to October 2007 time period commercial red meat production was 40.3 billion pounds, up 2 percent from 2006. Accumulated beef production was up 1 percent from last year and pork was up 3 percent from last year
Surplus livestock supplies are reported across the US, resulting in a negative effect on farm gate prices. Analysts are not predicting much change in the coming months.