In October, red meat production slightly increased compared to the previous year, with pork production increasing by 3% and beef production decreasing by 3%. The dairy cow slaughter during October 2023 saw a slight increase compared to September but a significant decrease compared to October 2022. Overall, U.S. red meat production in 2023 is 2% slower than in 2022, primarily due to a decline in beef production. The USDA will release its next red meat production projections on December 8th.
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Red meat production in October was up slightly on the year.The total of 4.775 billion pounds was a little bit larger than last year, due to a 3% increase in pork thanks to a higher slaughter pace canceling out a 3% decrease for beef due to lower slaughter and a lighter average weight.Beef was reported at 2.341 billion pounds with a slaughter of 2.826 million head, 3% less than last year, and an average live weight of 1,374 pounds, 1 pound lighter, while pork came out at 2.419 billion pounds with a slaughter 11.43 million head, 5% more than a year ago, and an average live weight of 285 pounds, down 3.The dairy cow slaughter during October 2023 was 243,000 head, up 2,500 from September, but down 9,800 from October 2022. For the year to date, the dairy cow slaughter is 2,621,800 head, 91,700 faster than a year ago.Veal production was a record ...