Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Apr 01, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, April 02, 2011 was estimated at 941.7 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.9 percent higher than a week ago and 1.7 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.9 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)
  02-Apr-11       492.3          2.5        443.7         3.2     941.7
  26-Mar-11       486.1          2.7        441.3         3.0     933.1
   Change:          1.3%        -7.4%         0.5%        6.7%      0.9%
  03-Apr-10       478.9          2.5        441.0         3.4     925.8
   Change:          2.8%         0.0%         0.6%       -5.9%      1.7%
  2011 YTD       6429.8         33.0       5780.3        35.3   12278.4
  2010 YTD       6352.2         34.5       5742.1        42.3   12171.2
   Change:          1.2%        -4.4%         0.7%      -16.5%      0.9%
(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
  02-Apr-11     640,000       16,000    2,128,000      44,000
  26-Mar-11     632,000       17,000    2,116,000      41,000
   Change:          1.3%        -5.9%         0.6%        7.3%
  03-Apr-10     631,000       16,000    2,164,000      56,000
   Change:          1.4%         0.0%        -1.7%      -21.4%
  2011 YTD    8,311,000      216,000   27,735,000     489,000
  2010 YTD    8,278,000      239,000   28,257,000     607,000
   Change:          0.4%        -9.7%        -1.8%      -19.4%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  02-Apr-11   Estimate          1282          275         278       148
  26-Mar-11   Estimate          1283          270         278       147
  03-Apr-10     Actual          1264          255         272       121
            Dressed:
  02-Apr-11   Estimate           772          164         209        74
  26-Mar-11   Estimate           772          161         209        73
  03-Apr-10     Actual           762          152         204        61
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  19-Mar-11       47.5%        31.9%        18.8%        1.9%
  20-Mar-10       47.5%        31.6%        19.0%        1.9%

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