W.Va. Red Meat Production Down In Oct.


Commercial red meat production in West Virginia was down for the month of October compared to the same month a year ago.


For the month, red meat production in the Mountain State totaled 1.20 million pounds, according to a press release from the United State Department of Agriculture. The total is down 19% compared to October 2020.


Commercial red meat is the carcass weight after slaughter including beef, veal, pork, lamb and mutton.


Cattle slaughter in the state totaled 1,700 heads. This year’s total is down 500 heads compared to October 2020. The live weight total for last October amounted to 1,757,00 pounds and is down 21% from last year. Average live weight is up 25 pounds from the same month in 2020.


Commercial Hog meat production is down 30% from October 2020. Hog slaughter totaled 700 heads this year.

Nationwide, commercial red meat production totaled 4.75 billion pounds last October. The total is down 7% from 5.09 billion pounds in October 2020.

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