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Wisconsin red meat production drops 7% in 2012

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s production of red meat went down by seven percent last year.

The USDA reports a total red meat output of 115 million pounds. National beef production fell by one percent.

Cattle slaughter in the Badger State totaled 138,600, down almost 10 percent. Average live weights for meat animals went up by 19 pounds, to just over 1,300.

Wisconsin’s total hog slaughter for the old year was 38,600, down by around 6,300. The total hog herd dropped by six percent in 2012, to around 320,000 head. 

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