USDA reports commercial red meat production during August was 4.203 billion pounds, down 4% on the year.
Beef production came out at 2.242 billion pounds, 5% less than August 2012, with the slaughter declining 6% to 2.818 million head and average live weight gaining ten pounds to 1,310 pounds.
Veal was pegged at 9.1 million pounds, 11% lower than last year, with an 11% drop in the kill to 64,500 head and three pound increase in the average live weight to 240 pounds.
Pork production was reported at 1.939 billion pounds, 3% under a year ago, with the slaughter down 4% at 9.557 million head and average live weight up two pounds to 271 pounds.
Lamb and mutton production came out at 13.8 million pounds, down 3% on the year, with the slaughter up 4% at 208,100 head and the average live weight declining nine pounds to 133 pounds.
For the year to date, U.S. red meat production is 32.480 billion pounds, slightly less than January through August 2012.