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U.S. Beef Production Up
02/22/2013

A new government report shows that U.S. beef production and slaughter numbers were up in January in the wake of a widespread drought that drove ranchers to sell off livestock.
 
     The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that commercial red meat production totaled 4.35 billion pounds in January. That is up 5 percent from the same month in 2012.
 
     Beef production totaled 2.26 billion pounds for a 7 percent jump from the same month a year ago.
 
     Some 2.83 million head of cattle were slaughtered in January. That is 4 percent more cattle than the previous January.
 
     Production of veal, pork, lamb and mutton also was up in January.

© Associated Press
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