In September, commercial red-meat production for the U.S. totaled 4.16 billion lbs., down 2% from the 4.26 billion lbs. produced in September 2009, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, USDA.

Totaling 2.25 billion lbs., beef production was 1% above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.90 million head, up 3% from September 2009. The average live weight was down 21 lbs. from the previous year, at 1,289 lbs.

Veal production totaled 11.3 million lbs. and was 4% less than September a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 71,200 head, down 12% from September 2009. The average live weight was up 28 lbs. from last year at 273 lbs.

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