U.S. hog slaughter totaled 9.91 million head, up 2% from October 2010 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

Iowa led the numbers of hogs slaughtered in October, with 2.64 million head, up from 2.6 million head slaughtered in 2010. Illinois and Minnesota came in second and third, with 946,200 and 945,100 head slaughtered, respectively. Illinois numbers were up significantly, from 863,300 head in October 2010.


Pig meat production totaled 2.03 billion pounds, up 2% from 2010, while the average live weight was down 1%, at 275 pounds.