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United States: fewer hogs slaughtered in 2013

Commercial hog slaughter totaled 112.1 million head, 1 percent lower than 2012.

Tuesday 3 June 2014 (3 years 11 months 19 days ago)

According to USDA "Livestock Slaughter 2013 Summary", total red meat production for the United States totaled 49.3 billion pounds in 2013, slightly lower than the previous year. Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, and lamb and mutton. Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 49.2 billion pounds. On-farm slaughter totaled 95.6 million pounds.

Pork production, at 23.2 billion pounds, was slightly below the previous year. Commercial hog slaughter totaled 112.1 million head, 1 percent lower than 2012 with 99.3 percent of the hogs slaughtered under federal inspection. The average live weight was up 1 pound from last year, at 276 pounds. Barrows and gilts comprised 97.0 percent of the total federally inspected hog slaughter.

April 2014/ NASS-USDA/ United States.
http://www.usda.gov/nass

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