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Red meat production increases

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CHARLESTON — Commercial red meat production during December 2013 totaled 700,000 pounds. This was up 1 percent from December 2012. Commercial red meat production is the carcass weight after slaughter including beef, veal, pork and lamb and mutton. Individual commodity production is total live weight of commercial slaughter.

Commercial cattle slaughter totaled 1,054,000 pounds live weight, up 6 percent from December 2012. Cattle slaughter totaled 1,100 head, unchanged from the previous year. The average live weight, at 950 pounds, was up 42 pounds from a year ago.

Commercial calf slaughter was not published to avoid disclosing individual operations.

Commercial hog slaughter totaled 130,000 pounds live weight, down 24 percent from last year. Hog slaughter totaled 500 head, down 100 head from the previous year. The average live weight, at 264 pounds, was down 9 pounds from the previous year.

Commercial sheep and lamb slaughter was not published to avoid disclosing individual operations.

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.14 billion pounds in December, up 3 percent from the 4 billion pounds produced in December 2012.

Beef production, at 2.05 billion pounds, was 1 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.56 million head, up 1 percent from December 2012. The average live weight was up 9 pounds from the previous year, at 1,333 pounds.

Veal production totaled 9.8 million pounds, 1 percent above December a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 66,500 head, up 2 percent from December 2012. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from last year, at 252 pounds.

Pork production totaled 2.07 billion pounds, up 6 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.74 million head, up 3 percent from December 2012. The average live weight was up 7 pounds from the previous year, at 283 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 13.2 million pounds, was up 3 percent from December 2012. Sheep slaughter totaled 202,500 head, 7 percent above last year. The average live weight was 130 pounds, down 5 pounds from December a year ago.

January to December 2013 commercial red meat production was 49.2 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 2012. Accumulated beef production was down 1 percent from last year, veal was down 6 percent, pork was down slightly from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down slightly.

December 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays. December 2013 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Percent changes are based on unrounded data.

 

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