Record Commercial Red Meat Production in March

US - Red meat production in the US hit record highs last month according to statistics released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture on 23 April.
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National Agricultural Statistics Service

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.28 billion pounds in March, up three per cent from the 4.14 billion pounds produced in March 2009.

Beef production, at 2.21 billion pounds, was three per cent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totalled 2.91 million head, up seven per cent from March 2009. The average live weight was down 32 pounds from the previous year, at 1,273 pounds.

Veal production totaled 12.2 million pounds, slightly below March a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 79,800 head, up slightly from March 2009. The average live weight was down four pounds from last year, at 259 pounds.

January to March 2010 commercial red meat production was 11.9 billion pounds, down two per cent from 2009. Accumulated beef production was up slightly from last year, veal was down two per cent, pork was down four per cent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up two per cent.


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