May USDA National Ag Statistics Service livestock slaughter numbers released Friday indicated increases in most production areas compared to this time last year.
Commercial U.S. red meat production was up 7% from last May. Final production for May 2012 was 4.18 billion pounds.
Beef production alone was up 5%, reaching 2.23 billion pounds, and cattle slaughter totaled 2.88 million head, which is a 2% increase from May, 2011. The average live weight was up 27 pounds.
Veal production was just 1% above May 2011 numbers but the average live weight bested last year's figures, up 7 pounds at 295 pounds.
January to May 2012 commercial production is up 1% from 2011 at 20.2 billion pounds.The full report is available here.