December meat production up

December meat production up For December 2003, pork production was up significantly and sheep and lamb production was also above one year ago. Commercial red meat production for South Dakota totaled 98.8 million pounds during December. This was up 34 percent from one year ago and up 22 percent from last month, according to USDA's South Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service.

Commercial hog slaughter for South Dakota totaled 467,100 head during December 2003 compared to 333,100 head the year before. Average live weight was 264 pounds, up 3 pounds from December 2002. Federally inspected slaughter totaled 466,000 head.

Commercial sheep and lamb slaughter for South Dakota totaled 1,300 head during December 2003 compared to 1,200 head a year earlier. Average live weight was 120 pounds, which was unchanged from December 2002. Federally inspected slaughter totaled 1,200 head.

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