U.S. pig meat production totaled 1.95 billion pounds in September 2011, up 4% from September 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Hog slaughter totaled 9.69 million head, up 4% from September 2010. The average live weight was unchanged from 2010 numbers, at 270 pounds. Iowa's numbers of slaughtered hogs were the largest, at 2.61 million head, with North Carolina and Minnesota behind at 952,800 head and 914,300 head, respectively. Overall, 9.3 million barrows a gilts were slaughtered in September 2011, 270,000 sows were slaughtered and 28,000 boars were slaughtered.