Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Apr 08, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, April 09, 2011 was estimated at 921.8 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.1 percent lower than a week ago and 4.1 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
1.1 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)
  09-Apr-11       485.0          2.6        431.2         3.0     921.8
  02-Apr-11       492.3          2.5        443.7         3.2     941.7
   Change:         -1.5%         4.0%        -2.8%       -6.3%     -2.1%
  10-Apr-10       468.8          2.6        411.4         2.7     885.5
   Change:          3.5%         0.0%         4.8%       11.1%      4.1%
  2011 YTD       6913.7         35.6       6210.1        38.4   13197.8
  2010 YTD       6821.0         37.1       6153.5        45.0   13056.7
   Change:          1.4%        -4.0%         0.9%      -14.6%      1.1%
(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
  09-Apr-11     631,000       16,000    2,069,000      41,000
  02-Apr-11     640,000       16,000    2,128,000      44,000
   Change:         -1.4%         0.0%        -2.8%       -6.8%
  10-Apr-10     619,000       16,000    2,008,000      38,000
   Change:          1.9%         0.0%         3.0%        7.9%
  2011 YTD    8,943,000      231,000   29,802,000     531,000
  2010 YTD    8,898,000      255,000   30,265,000     645,000
   Change:          0.5%        -9.5%        -1.5%      -17.7%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  09-Apr-11   Estimate          1278          281         278       148
  02-Apr-11   Estimate          1282          275         278       148
  10-Apr-10     Actual          1261          279         273       142
            Dressed:
  09-Apr-11   Estimate           771          168         209        74
  02-Apr-11   Estimate           772          164         209        74
  10-Apr-10     Actual           760          165         205        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  26-Mar-11       50.6%        28.8%        18.7%        1.9%
  27-Mar-10       49.4%        30.1%        18.6%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  26-Mar-11       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  27-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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