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U.S. red meat production up from last year

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.42 billion pounds in January, up eight percent from the 4.09 billion pounds produced in January 2007. Beef production, at 2.23 billion pounds, was three percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.90 million head, up four percent from January 2007. The average live weight was up one pound from the previous year, at 1,291 pounds.

Veal production totaled 11.3 million pounds, 21 percent below January a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 71,500 head, four percent below January 2007. The average live weight was down 55 pounds from last year, at 269 pounds.

Pork production totaled 2.16 billion pounds, 14 percent above the previous year. Hog kill totaled 10.6 million head, 13 percent above January 2007. The average live weight was up two pounds from the previous year, at 273 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 14.8 million pounds, was two percent below January 2007. Sheep slaughter totaled 213,400 head, 2 percent below last year. The average live weight was 139 pounds, unchanged from January a year ago.

<b>Wyoming red meat production unchanged from last year</b>

Commercial red meat production in Wyoming during January 2008 totaled 600,000 pounds, according to Kim Faircloth with the Wyoming Field Office of USDA NASS. This was up 20 percent from last month but unchanged from January 2007. Commercial red meat production excludes animals slaughtered on farms.

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Seven hundred cattle were slaughtered in January, down 100 head from last year. Total live weight was 819,000 pounds, down 10 percent from January 2007. Average live weight of cattle slaughtered was 1,144 pounds, down 21 pounds from last year.

A total of 300 hogs and pigs were processed, down 100 hogs from last year. Total live weight, at 86,000 pounds, was down 19 percent from January 2007. Average live weight of hogs slaughtered was 273 pounds, up seven pounds from last year.

One hundred sheep and lambs were processed in January, down 100 head from last year. Total live weight, at 17,000 pounds, was down 4,000 pounds from January 2007. Average live weight of sheep and lambs was 132 pounds, down four pounds from last year.

<b>Montana red meat production unchanged</b>

Montana slaughter plants produced 1.4 million pounds, dressed weight, of red meat during January 2008, up 15 percent from December 2007, but unchanged from January 2007. Cattle slaughter totaled 1,700 head, unchanged from a year ago. The average live weight of 1,202 pounds increased one pound from last year.

During January there were 1,000 hogs slaughtered, down 100 head from a year ago. The average live weight, at 248 pounds, dropped two pounds from last year.

January sheep slaughter in the state totaled 300 head, up 100 head from January 2007. The average live weight dropped three pounds from last year to 103 pounds.

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