Red meat production sets record in June

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – In June, commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.18 billion lbs. in June, up slightly from the 4.16 billion lbs. produced in June 2009, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.).

Totaling 2.32 billion lbs., beef production was 1% above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 3.05 million head, up 2% from June 2009. The average live weight was down 8 lbs. from the previous year, at 1,261 lbs.

Veal production totaled 10.8 million lbs., 7% below June a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 68,600 head, down 11% from June 2009. The average live weight was up 18 lbs. from last year, at 269 lbs.

Totaling 1.83 billion lbs., pork production was down 1% from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 9.04 million head, down 1% from June 2009. The average live weight was up 2 lbs. from the previous year, at 271 lbs.

Lamb and mutton production, totaling 14.1 million lbs., was up 2% from June 2009. Sheep slaughter totaled 212,000 head, 5% above last year. The average live weight was 134 lbs., down 3lbs. from June 2009.

Commercial red meat production from January to June 2010 totaled 23.9 billion lbs., down 2% from 2009. Accumulated beef production was down slightly from last year, veal was down 3%, pork was down 3% from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 2%.
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