Totaling 2.25 billion lbs., beef production was 1% above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.90 million head, up 3% from September 2009. The average live weight was down 21 lbs. from the previous year, at 1,289 lbs.
Veal production totaled 11.3 million lbs. and was 4% less than September a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 71,200 head, down 12% from September 2009. The average live weight was up 28 lbs. from last year at 273 lbs.
Pork production totaled 1.88 billion lbs., down 6% from the previous year. Hog kill totaled 9.34 million head, down 6% from September 2009. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year, at 270 lbs.
Totaling 13.1 million lbs., lamb and mutton production was down 12% from September 2009. Sheep slaughter totaled 204,000 head, 9% below last year. The average live weight was 129 lbs., down 1 lb. from September 2009.
Commercial red-meat production from January to September 2010 totaled 36.1 billion lbs., down 2% from 2009. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down 1%, pork was down 4% from last year and lamb and mutton production was down 4%.