August 29, 2003
Record Red Meat Production
U.S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA?s) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.05 billion pounds in July -- a new monthly high and up 1 percent from the 4.02 billion pounds in July 2002.
Lamb and mutton production, at 15.7 million pounds, was down 4 percent from July 2002. Sheep slaughter totaled 239,200 head, 8 percent below last year. The average live weight was 131 pounds, up 5 pounds from July one year ago.