Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Mar 04, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 05, 2011 was estimated at 948.5 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.1 percent lower than a week ago and 3.1 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.6 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)
  05-Mar-11       498.3          2.5        445.0         2.7     948.5
  26-Feb-11       506.6          2.5        438.2         2.6     949.9
   Change:         -1.6%         0.0%         1.6%        3.8%     -0.1%
  06-Mar-10       474.0          2.7        439.4         3.5     919.6
   Change:          5.1%        -7.4%         1.3%      -22.9%      3.1%
  2011 YTD       4489.7         22.5       3999.4        23.2    8534.8
  2010 YTD       4451.1         24.4       3978.4        27.7    8481.7
   Change:          0.9%        -7.8%         0.5%      -16.2%      0.6%
(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
  05-Mar-11     643,000       17,000    2,140,000      38,000
  26-Feb-11     652,000       17,000    2,108,000      37,000
   Change:         -1.4%         0.0%         1.5%        2.7%
  06-Mar-10     621,000       18,000    2,162,000      49,000
   Change:          3.5%        -5.6%        -1.0%      -22.4%
  2011 YTD    5,778,000      152,000   19,206,000     327,000
  2010 YTD    5,780,000      172,000   19,604,000     389,000
   Change:          0.0%       -11.7%        -2.0%      -15.9%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  05-Mar-11   Estimate          1291          260         278       144
  26-Feb-11   Estimate          1294          257         277       143
  06-Mar-10     Actual          1281          252         272       144
            Dressed:
  05-Mar-11   Estimate           778          154         208        72
  26-Feb-11   Estimate           780          152         208        72
  06-Mar-10     Actual           767          150         203        72
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  19-Feb-11       47.3%        31.7%        19.3%        1.7%
  20-Feb-10       46.1%        33.6%        18.9%        1.4%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  19-Feb-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  20-Feb-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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