Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Feb 18, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, February 19, 2011 was estimated at 946.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.4 percent lower than a week ago and 2.8 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.1 percent higher compared to the previous year.

                        Meat Production (millions of pounds)
                             (excludes condemned)
Week Ending       Beef     Calf/Veal     Pork (2) Lamb/Mutton  Totals (3)
  19-Feb-11       506.7          2.4        434.5         2.7     946.3
  12-Feb-11       496.1          2.4        449.3         2.5     950.3
   Change:          2.1%         0.0%        -3.3%        8.0%     -0.4%
  20-Feb-10       477.9          2.8        437.0         2.9     920.6
   Change:          6.0%       -14.3%        -0.6%       -6.9%      2.8%
  2011 YTD       3487.3         17.2       3117.1        17.9    6639.5
  2010 YTD       3491.4         19.1       3100.8        21.1    6632.5
   Change:         -0.1%       -10.0%         0.5%      -15.1%      0.1%
(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
  19-Feb-11     651,000       16,000    2,089,000      38,000
  12-Feb-11     637,000       16,000    2,156,000      36,000
   Change:          2.2%         0.0%        -3.1%        5.6%
  20-Feb-10     622,000       19,000    2,153,000      40,000
   Change:          4.7%       -15.8%        -3.0%       -5.0%
  2011 YTD    4,478,000      116,000   14,958,000     252,000
  2010 YTD    4,523,000      136,000   15,283,000     297,000
   Change:         -1.0%       -14.6%        -2.1%      -15.0%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  19-Feb-11   Estimate          1299          257         277       142
  12-Feb-11   Estimate          1302          257         278       142
  20-Feb-10     Actual          1282          254         271       143
            Dressed:
  19-Feb-11   Estimate           781          152         208        72
  12-Feb-11   Estimate           782          152         209        71
  20-Feb-10     Actual           771          151         203        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  05-Feb-11       47.8%        31.2%        19.5%        1.5%
  06-Feb-10       48.6%        31.5%        18.5%        1.4%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  05-Feb-11       97.3%                      2.4%                  0.3%
  06-Feb-10       97.0%                      2.6%                  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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