This week’s Livestock Slaughter report from USDA shows U.S. commercial red meat production during July totaled 4.12 billion pounds, down 3 percent from 4.25 billion last year.

Beef production, at 2.27 billion pounds, was 4 percent below the previous year.  Cattle slaughter totaled 2.92 million head, down 5 percent from July, but live weights averaging 9 pounds heavier than last year helped make up some of the difference.

For January through July of this year, beef production and commercial red meat production were down 3 percent from last year. Federally inspected cattle slaughter was down 4 percent through the same period.

Veal production during July dropped 12 percent below last July’s total, with calf slaughter down 9 percent and live-weights dropping by 13 pounds from one year ago.

Pork production during July totaled 1.83 billion pounds, down just 1 percent from the previous year. Hog kill dropped 3 percent from July 2008, but average live weights were up 5 pounds. The full report is available online from USDA.