Hog slaughter totaled 9.45 million head, down 2 percent from September 2011. The average live weight was up 1 pound from the previous year, at 271 pounds.
Total commercial red meat production totaled 3.95 billion pounds in September, down 6 percent from the 4.19 billion pounds produced in September 2011. January to September 2012 commercial red meat production was 36.6 billion pounds, up slightly from 2011. Accumulated pork production was up 3 percent from 2011 numbers, beef production was down 2 percent, veal was down 10 percent and lamb and mutton production was up 4 percent, according to the USDA.