Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Feb 25, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, February 26, 2011 was estimated at 942.2 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.4 percent lower than a week ago and 1.4 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.2 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)
  26-Feb-11       498.9          2.5        438.2         2.6     942.2
  19-Feb-11       506.7          2.4        434.5         2.7     946.3
   Change:         -1.5%         4.2%         0.9%       -3.7%     -0.4%
  27-Feb-10       485.7          2.6        438.2         3.1     929.6
   Change:          2.7%        -3.8%         0.0%      -16.1%      1.4%
  2011 YTD       3986.8         19.9       3553.4        20.5    7580.6
  2010 YTD       3977.1         21.7       3539.0        24.2    7562.1
   Change:          0.2%        -8.3%         0.4%      -15.2%      0.2%
(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
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  26-Feb-11     642,000       17,000    2,108,000      37,000
  19-Feb-11     651,000       16,000    2,089,000      38,000
   Change:         -1.4%         6.3%         0.9%       -2.6%
  27-Feb-10     636,000       18,000    2,159,000      44,000
   Change:          0.9%        -5.6%        -2.4%      -15.9%
  2011 YTD    5,122,000      134,000   17,060,000     289,000
  2010 YTD    5,159,000      154,000   17,441,000     340,000
   Change:         -0.7%       -13.0%        -2.2%      -15.0%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  26-Feb-11   Estimate          1294          257         277       143
  19-Feb-11   Estimate          1299          257         277       142
  27-Feb-10     Actual          1284          248         271       144
            Dressed:
  26-Feb-11   Estimate           780          152         208        72
  19-Feb-11   Estimate           781          152         208        72
  27-Feb-10     Actual           767          148         203        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  12-Feb-11       47.5%        32.5%        18.6%        1.4%
  13-Feb-10       48.4%        32.6%        17.6%        1.4%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  12-Feb-11       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  13-Feb-10       97.1%                      2.5%                  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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