USDA reports red meat production during October was 4.27 billion pounds, up slightly from a year ago but with record monthly lows for veal, lamb, and mutton.
Beef production was pegged at 2.22 billion pounds, down 1% on the year, with slaughter slightly smaller and the average weight declining 1%.
Veal came out at 10.5 million pounds, an 8% year to year drop, with slaughter up 2% and the average live weight down 8%.
Pork was reported at 2.03 billion pounds, up 2% from last year, with slaughter also up 2% and the average live weight down a pound.
Lamb and mutton came out at 11.7 million pounds, 11% below a year ago, with slaughter dropping 14% and the average live weight up 4 pounds.
For the year to date, red meat production is 40.8 billion pounds, up 1% from the first ten months of 2010.