U.S. pork production totaled 1.82 billion pounds in June, down 1% from 2010 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.


Hog slaughter totaled 8.94 million head, also down 1% from June 2010. The average live weight, however, was up 2 pounds, at 273 pounds. Iowa contributed the largest number of slaughtered hogs in June 2011, with 2.38 million head, down from 2010's 2.40 million head. Overall, barrows and gilts made up the majority of federally inspected hogs slaughtered, at 8.57 million head, compared to 268,000 sows and 28,000 boars.