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December red meat production up on year

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Domestic red meat production during December was up on the year.

The USDA says production was 4.546 billion pounds, 2% more than December 2022, due to heavier weights for cattle and a faster slaughter pace for hogs. Beef production was 2% higher at 2.19 billion pounds, while pork climbed 5% to 2.388 billion pounds.

Cow and heifer slaughter levels were below both the previous month and year, while all categories of hogs slaughtered were above a year ago.

December red meat production up on year