Record amounts of red meat and pork were produced in August, according to new USDA data.Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.39 billion pounds in August, up 2 per cent from the 4.30 billion pounds produced in August 2011.
That is a record, the USDA says.
Lamb led the way, climbing 8 per cent from August 2011 to 14.2 million pounds yielded. Sheep slaughter totaled 200,500 head, 1 per cent above last year. The average live weight was 142 pounds, up 10 pounds from August a year ago.
Pork was a close second, rising 6 per cent from last year to 2 billion pounds. Hog slaughter totaled 9.94 million head, up 4 per cent from August 2011.
Beef and veal both saw modest declines.
Not surprisingly, August placements in feedlots declined 11 per cent to their second-lowest level ever recorded, to 2.00 million.
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