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 United States totaled 4.26 billion pounds in September, down slightly from the 4.27 billion pounds produced in September 2008.

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.