Commercial red meat production, consisting of beef, pork, lamb, veal and mutton, was up 7% in the U.S. in October, compared to the same period in 2011, according to the Livestock Slaughter report by the National Agricultural Statistics Board (NASS), released Nov. 23.
In North Carolina Oct. production was 237.5 million pounds for the month, 121% more production as compared to Oct. 2011 totals.
South Carolina production also showed positive results, coming in at 22.8 million pounds. In Oct. 2012 that was 111%, compared to production of Oct. 2011 when red meat producers totaled 20.6 million pounds.
Producers in Virginia produced 49.1 million pounds of commercial red meat during the month of October, 110% of the red meat produced in the state in Oct. 2011.
But in West Virginia production was down during Oct. 2012, compared to Oct. 2011. For the month red meat producers in West Virginia produced 1.1 million pounds of commercial red meat. In Oct. 2011 they produced 1.3 million pounds.
Pork production in the U.S. during October set an all-time record high production at 2.21 billion pounds, up 9% from the same period in 2011.
North Carolina producers slaughtered 1.13 million head of hogs during Oct. 2012. That compares to 932,700 head during the same period in 2011.
Virginia hog slaughter was also up for the month. Producers in the Commonwealth slaughtered 232,700 head of hogs. In Oct. 2011 they slaughtered 217,000 head.
In West Virginia hog slaughter was down, however. Producers slaughtered 900 head of hogs in October 2012. In 2011 producers slaughtered 1,000 head during the month.
South Carolina numbers were withheld by NASS in October to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
Commercial cattle slaughter by North Carolina producers was 14,000 head in October. A year earlier producers slaughtered 18,200 head during the month.
Virginia cattle producers slaughter 1,300 head in Oct. 2012; in 2011 they slaughtered 1,100 head during the same period.
South Carolina producers slaughtered 15,800 head of commercial cattle, compared to 12,900 head in October 2011.
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