US: Production of pork and red meat up

30-01-2008 | |

Pork and red meat production hit record highs in December last year in the US.

Pork production totalled 1.97 billion pounds (893,000 tonnes), representing a 10% increase from the previous year.

The number of hogs killed totalled 9.69 million head, up 9% from December 2006. The average live weight was up 1 pound (0.0004 tonnes) from the previous year, at 272 pounds (0.123 tonnes).

Commercial red meat production from January to December 2007 was up 2% from 2006 at 48.7 billion pounds (22 million tonnes).

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