Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 19, 2011 was estimated at 926.2 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.1 percent lower than a week ago and 0.8 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.8 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-Mar-11       475.5          2.6        445.2         2.9     926.2
  12-Mar-11       492.0          2.6        448.5         2.6     945.7
   Change:         -3.4%         0.0%        -0.7%       11.5%     -2.1%
  20-Mar-10       471.0          2.6        441.7         3.7     919.0
   Change:          1.0%         0.0%         0.8%      -21.6%      0.8%
  2011 YTD       5451.3         28.0       4894.8        28.8   10402.9
  2010 YTD       5398.0         29.5       4854.7        35.0   10317.3
   Change:          1.0%        -5.1%         0.8%      -17.6%      0.8%
(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
  19-Mar-11     618,000       17,000    2,138,000      40,000
  12-Mar-11     637,000       17,000    2,155,000      37,000
   Change:         -3.0%         0.0%        -0.8%        8.1%
  20-Mar-10     620,000       17,000    2,166,000      52,000
   Change:         -0.3%         0.0%        -1.3%      -23.1%
  2011 YTD    7,037,000      186,000   23,496,000     403,000
  2010 YTD    7,023,000      206,000   23,904,000     492,000
   Change:          0.2%        -9.6%        -1.7%      -18.1%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  19-Mar-11   Estimate          1286          266         278       146
  12-Mar-11   Estimate          1289          263         278       145
  20-Mar-10     Actual          1274          261         272       142
            Dressed:
  19-Mar-11   Estimate           772          158         209        73
  12-Mar-11   Estimate           775          156         208        72
  20-Mar-10     Actual           763          156         204        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  05-Mar-11       47.2%        31.8%        19.1%        1.8%
  06-Mar-10       49.8%        28.4%        20.0%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  05-Mar-11       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  06-Mar-10       96.8%                      2.8%                  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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