Pork production set a news record for the month of September, according to this week’s Livestock Slaughter report from USDA. Pork production for the month totaled 2 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the previous year. Hog kill, at 9.94 million head, was down slightly from September 2008, but average live weights, at 270 pounds, were up 4 pounds from the previous year.
Cattle slaughter totaled 2.81 million head, down 3 percent from September 2008, but with live weights averaging 1,311 pounds – 14 pounds heavier than a year ago – beef production was 2.23 billion pounds, 2 percent below the total from Sept. 2008.
Commercial red meat production for the
For January through September this year, commercial red meat production was 36.8 billion pounds, down 2 percent from 2008. Accumulated beef production was down 3 percent from last year, veal was down 4 percent, pork was down 1 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 3 percent.
Read the full report on USDA’s Web site.