Record November red meat, beef production


Record November red meat, beef production

The USDA says red meat and beef production for November were record large.

Beef was reported at 2.379 billion pounds, 5% above a year ago, with a 6% increase in slaughter to 2.858 million head canceling out a five-pound decrease in the average live weight to 1,382 pounds.

Pork came out at 2.409 billion pounds, slightly higher, with the slaughter up 1% at 11.137 million head and the average live weight down three pounds to 291 pounds.

Red meat production for November totaled 4.805 billion pounds, a year-to-year rise of 2%, with the year-to-date total at 51.019 billion pounds, slightly ahead of 2020’s record pace.