Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Feb 11, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, February 12, 2011 was estimated at 950.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 3.2 percent higher than a week ago and 1.6 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.3 percent lower compared to the previous year.

                        Meat Production (millions of pounds)
                             (excludes condemned)
Week Ending       Beef     Calf/Veal     Pork (2) Lamb/Mutton  Totals (3)
  12-Feb-11       496.1          2.4        449.3         2.5     950.3
  05-Feb-11       486.8          2.5        428.5         2.6     920.4
   Change:          1.9%        -4.0%         4.9%       -3.8%      3.2%
  13-Feb-10       507.6          2.3        453.7         2.5     966.1
   Change:         -2.3%         4.3%        -1.0%        0.0%     -1.6%
  2011 YTD       2980.2         14.8       2683.2        15.2    5693.4
  2010 YTD       3013.5         16.3       2663.8        18.2    5711.9
   Change:         -1.1%        -9.2%         0.7%      -16.4%     -0.3%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.      (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2011 totals are subject to revision
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                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  12-Feb-11     637,000       16,000    2,156,000      36,000
  05-Feb-11     624,000       17,000    2,051,000      37,000
   Change:          2.1%        -5.9%         5.1%       -2.7%
  13-Feb-10     604,000       17,000    2,152,000      40,000
   Change:          5.5%        -5.9%         0.2%      -10.0%
  2011 YTD    3,825,000      100,000   12,861,000     216,000
  2010 YTD    3,901,000      117,000   13,130,000     256,000
   Change:         -2.0%       -14.7%        -2.0%      -15.8%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  12-Feb-11   Estimate          1302          257         278       142
  05-Feb-11   Estimate          1307          260         279       141
  13-Feb-10     Actual          1292          241         270       142
            Dressed:
  12-Feb-11   Estimate           782          152         209        71
  05-Feb-11   Estimate           783          153         209        71
  13-Feb-10     Actual           777          143         202        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  29-Jan-11       46.9%        31.3%        20.2%        1.6%
  30-Jan-10       46.3%        32.0%        20.0%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  29-Jan-11       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  30-Jan-10       96.9%                      2.7%                  0.4%

*2010 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
        816-238-0678 or  816-676-7000    e-mail stjoe.lgmn@ams.usda.gov
        www.ams.usda.gov/LSMarketNews

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