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Record pork production for January

by 5m Editor
25 February 2008, at 9:53am

US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Friday that commercial red meat production in the United States totaled 4.42 billion pounds in January, up 8 percent from the 4.09 billion pounds produced in January 2007.

Leading the way was record pork slaughter, which totaled 2.16 billion pounds, 14 percent above the previous year.

The USDA reported that hog kill totaled 10.6 million head, 13 percent above January 2007. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 273 pounds.

In Nebraska hog slaughter plants during January, 720,100 head of hogs were killed, compared to January 2007's 623,200 head.

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, the United States is expected to lead the global pork export market over the coming decade, with the US share of global exports increasing from an estimated 28 percent last year to 32 percent in 2017.

Source: Independent

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