Red Meat Production at Record High for March

US - Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.11 billion pounds in March, up 6 percent from the 3.88 billion pounds produced in March 2005.
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National Agricultural Statistics Service

Pork production totaled 1.87 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the previous year.

Hog kill totaled 9.23 million head, 3 percent above March 2005.

The average live weight was 1 pound above the previous year, at 272 pounds.

January to March 2006 commercial red meat production was 11.5 billion pounds, up 5 percent from 2005. Accumulated beef production was up 6 percent from last year, veal was down 3 percent, pork was up 4 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up slightly.

March 2005 contained 23 weekdays (including no holidays) and 4 Saturdays.
March 2006 contained 23 weekdays (including no holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

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US Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Hogs


US Monthly Commercial Slaughter
Average Live Weight: Hogs


US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight: Hogs


US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight: Barrows and Gilts


US Monthly Federally Inspected
Average Dressed Weight: Sows


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Source: USDA NASS - Livestock Slaughter Report - 21st April 2006
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