US pork production sets new mark

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Record high pork production helped US red meat output set a new monthly mark for February, according to the USDA’s latest report.

Overall red meat production soared to 4.45 billion pounds in February, up seven per cent from the same month last year.

Leading the way was the pork sector, which saw a six per cent year-over-year increase to 2.31 billion pounds, mostly on the strength of a higher number of hogs going to slaughter.

Beef production hit 2.13 billion pounds, a seven per cent increase over the previous year while veal fell 17 per cent to 5.1 million pounds.

Lamb and mutton production was also down, falling four per cent to 10.7 million pounds.

The first two months of 2020 have seen an overall six per cent increase in red meat production over 2019, reaching 9.41 billion pounds. So far, pork output is up seven per cent, beef is up five per cent, veal down nine and lamb and mutton down five.

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