Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Apr 15, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, April 16, 2011 was estimated at 919.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.3 percent lower than a week ago and 2.0 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)
  16-Apr-11       490.7          2.7        422.0         3.9     919.3
  09-Apr-11       485.0          2.6        431.2         3.0     921.8
   Change:          1.2%         3.8%        -2.1%       30.0%     -0.3%
  17-Apr-10       484.9          2.3        411.8         2.7     901.7
   Change:          1.2%        17.4%         2.5%       44.4%      2.0%
  2011 YTD       7400.7         38.4       6628.3        42.4   14109.8
  2010 YTD       7305.9         39.4       6565.3        47.7   13958.4
   Change:          1.3%        -2.5%         1.0%      -11.1%      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
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                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  16-Apr-11     640,000       16,000    2,028,000      53,000
  09-Apr-11     631,000       16,000    2,069,000      41,000
   Change:          1.4%         0.0%        -2.0%       29.3%
  17-Apr-10     643,000       15,000    2,018,000      38,000
   Change:         -0.5%         6.7%         0.5%       39.5%
  2011 YTD    9,583,000      246,000   31,819,000     583,000
  2010 YTD    9,541,000      270,000   32,283,000     683,000
   Change:          0.4%        -8.9%        -1.4%      -14.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  16-Apr-11   Estimate          1275          290         278       149
  09-Apr-11   Estimate          1278          281         278       148
  17-Apr-10     Actual          1257          269         273       140
            Dressed:
  16-Apr-11   Estimate           770          173         208        74
  09-Apr-11   Estimate           771          168         209        74
  17-Apr-10     Actual           757          160         204        70
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  02-Apr-11       49.2%        30.7%        18.3%        1.8%
  03-Apr-10       48.4%        31.5%        18.1%        2.0%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  02-Apr-11       97.3%                      2.4%                  0.3%
  03-Apr-10       97.0%                      2.6%                  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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