Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 26, 2011 was estimated at 933.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.7 percent higher than a week ago and 0.5 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)
  26-Mar-11       486.1          2.7        441.3         3.0     933.1
  19-Mar-11       475.5          2.6        445.2         2.9     926.2
   Change:          2.2%         3.8%        -0.9%        3.4%      0.7%
  27-Mar-10       475.3          2.5        446.4         3.9     928.1
   Change:          2.3%         8.0%        -1.1%      -23.1%      0.5%
  2011 YTD       5936.2         30.5       5335.9        32.0   11334.6
  2010 YTD       5873.3         32.0       5301.1        38.9   11245.4
   Change:          1.1%        -4.7%         0.7%      -17.7%      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
  26-Mar-11     632,000       17,000    2,116,000      41,000
  19-Mar-11     618,000       17,000    2,138,000      40,000
   Change:          2.3%         0.0%        -1.0%        2.5%
  27-Mar-10     624,000       17,000    2,189,000      58,000
   Change:          1.3%         0.0%        -3.3%      -29.3%
  2011 YTD    7,670,000      201,000   25,605,000     445,000
  2010 YTD    7,647,000      223,000   26,092,000     550,000
   Change:          0.3%        -9.8%        -1.9%      -19.2%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  26-Mar-11   Estimate          1283          270         278       147
  19-Mar-11   Estimate          1286          266         278       146
  27-Mar-10     Actual          1271          251         272       134
            Dressed:
  26-Mar-11   Estimate           772          161         209        73
  19-Mar-11   Estimate           772          158         209        73
  27-Mar-10     Actual           764          150         204        67
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  12-Mar-11       47.1%        32.6%        18.5%        1.8%
  13-Mar-10       48.3%        29.9%        19.9%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  12-Mar-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  13-Mar-10       96.7%                      2.9%                  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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