Total red meat production for the United States totaled 49.6 billion pounds in 2012, slightly higher than the previous year. Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, and lamb and mutton. Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 49.4 billion pounds. On-farm slaughter totaled 113 million pounds.
Commercial hog slaughter totaled 113.2 million head, 2 percent higher than 2011 with 99.2 percent of the hogs slaughtered under federal inspection. The average live weight was unchanged from last year, at 275 pounds. Barrows and gilts comprised 97.0 percent of the total federally inspected hog slaughter.
Monday April 22, 2013/ NASS-USDA/ United States.