Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.95 billion pounds in September, down 6% from the 4.19 billion pounds produced in September 2011, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Pork production totaled 1.91 billion pounds, down 2% from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.45 million head, down 2% from September 2011. The average live weight was up 1 pound from the previous year, at 271 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.02 billion pounds, was 9% below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.54 million head, down 12% from September 2011. The average live weight was up 33 pounds from the previous year, at 1,311 pounds.

Veal production totaled 8.8 million pounds, 17% below September a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 64,300 head, down 13% from September 2011. The average live weight was down 17 pounds from last year, at 235 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 12.5 million pounds, was up 6% from September 2011. Sheep slaughter totaled 174,300 head, 2% below last year. The average live weight was 145 pounds, up 11 pounds from September a year ago.

January to September 2012 commercial red meat production was 36.6 billion pounds, up slightly from 2011. Accumulated beef production was down 2% from last year, veal was down 10%, while pork production was up 3% from last year, and lamb and mutton production was up 4%.