August Red Meat Production Down 10 Percent From Last Year

Commercial red meat production for the U.S. totaled 3.80 billion pounds in August, down 10% from the 4.20 billion pounds produced in August 2013, according to USDA.

Pork production totaled 1.75 billion pounds, down 10% from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.27 million head, down 13% from August 2013. Average live weight was up 11 pounds from the previous year, at 282 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.02 billion pounds, was 10% below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.50 million head, down 11 percent from August 2013. The average live weight was up 19 pounds from the previous year, at 1,329 pounds.

Veal production totaled 7.1 million pounds, 22% below August a year ago.

Calf slaughter totaled 43,600 head, down 32 % from August 2013. The average live weight was up 37 pounds from last year, at 277 pounds.

January to August 2014 commercial red meat production was 31.2 billion pounds, down 4% from 2013.

Accumulated beef production was down 6% from last year, veal was down 12%, pork was down 2% from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 1%.

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