2008-10-30 / Local & State

Red Meat Production Up In PA

Up 13 percent in September

Commercial red meat production, dressed weight basis, in Pennsylvania during September 2008 totaled 113.8 million pounds, up 13 percent from September 2007, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Beef production, at 106.9 million pounds live weight, was up 12 percent from September 2007. Total head slaughtered was 86,500, up 12 percent from the same month last year. Live weight averaged 1,247 pounds, up 1 pound from last year. Veal production was 5.0 million pounds live weight, up 2 percent from last year. Calf slaughter of 15,000 head was up 25 percent from last year. Average live weight decreased 78 pounds to 334 pounds.

Pork production was 65.8 million pounds live weight, up 15 percent from last year. Total head slaughtered was 255,800, up 13 percent from September 2007. Average live weight increased 3 pounds from last year to 257 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production during September 2008 was 519,000 pounds live weight, up 11 percent from September 2007. The number slaughtered was 5,200, up 11 percent from last year. Average live weight increased 1 pound to 100 pounds.

Nationally, commercial red meat production, dressed weight basis, in September 2008 totaled 4.27 billion pounds, up 11 percent from September 2007. Compared with a year earlier beef production, dressed weight basis, at 2.27 billion pounds, was 8 percent above the previous year. Veal production totaled 12.8 million pounds, up 37 percent from September a year ago.

Pork production totaled 1.97 billion pounds, up 13 percent from the previous year. Lamb and mutton production, at 14.4 million pounds, was up 6 percent from September 2007.

January-September red meat production was 37.7 billion pounds, up 5 percent from 2007.

Accumulated beef production was up 3 percent from last year, veal was down 1 percent, pork was up 9 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down 3 percent.

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