USDA reports commercial red meat production during April was 3.855 billion pounds, down slightly on the year with a record monthly low for veal.
Beef production came out at 1.991 billion pounds, 3% less than the previous year, with slaughter dropping 6% to 2.569 million head, cancelling out a 25 pound increase in the average live weight at 1,282 pounds per animal.
Veal was an all-time low for the month at 9.9 million pounds. That’s down 3% on the year with the calf slaughter decreasing 4% at 56,500 head and the average live weight declining 1 pound to 295 pounds.
Pork production was pegged at 1.842 billion pounds, up 3% on the year, with a 2% increase in the kill to 8.826 million head and 1 pound rise in the average live weight to 278 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production was reported at 12.9 million pounds, 10% lower than April 2011, with the slaughter down 13% at 181,200 head and the average live weight up 4 pounds to 142 pounds.
For the year to date, commercial red meat production is 16.064 billion pounds, slightly less than the January to April 2011 total.