The USDA monthly Livestock Slaughter report has revealed another record-setting month for meat production. U.S. commercial red meat production totaled 4.22 billion pounds in May, up 4 percent from the 4.08 billion pounds produced in May 2007.
Pork production totaled 1.82 billion pounds, up 3 percent from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 9.06 million head, up 3 percent from May 2007. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 268 pounds.
Beef production, at 2.38 billion pounds, was 4 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 3.14 million head, up 3 percent from May 2007. The average live weight was up 19 pounds from the previous year, at 1,251 pounds.
January to May 2008 commercial red meat production was 21.0 billion pounds, up 7 percent from 2007. Accumulated beef production was up 4 percent and pork was up 11 percent.