Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Apr 22, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, April 23, 2011 was estimated at 928.8 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.0 percent higher than a week ago and 1.8 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)
  23-Apr-11       495.0          2.8        427.4         3.6     928.8
  16-Apr-11       490.7          2.7        422.0         3.9     919.3
   Change:          0.9%         3.7%         1.3%       -7.7%      1.0%
  24-Apr-10       485.0          2.6        421.8         2.9     912.3
   Change:          2.1%         7.7%         1.3%       24.1%      1.8%
  2011 YTD       7888.4         41.2       7053.2        46.2   15029.0
  2010 YTD       7790.9         42.0       6987.1        50.6   14870.7
   Change:          1.3%        -1.9%         1.0%       -8.6%      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
  23-Apr-11     649,000       16,000    2,056,000      48,000
  16-Apr-11     640,000       16,000    2,028,000      52,000
   Change:          1.4%         0.0%         1.4%       -7.7%
  24-Apr-10     647,000       16,000    2,063,000      40,000
   Change:          0.3%         0.0%        -0.3%       20.0%
  2011 YTD   10,231,000      261,000   33,869,000     632,000
  2010 YTD   10,187,000      286,000   34,346,000     723,000
   Change:          0.4%        -8.6%        -1.4%      -12.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  23-Apr-11   Estimate          1268          294         277       149
  16-Apr-11   Estimate          1275          290         278       149
  24-Apr-10     Actual          1249          281         273       143
            Dressed:
  23-Apr-11   Estimate           766          175         208        74
  16-Apr-11   Estimate           770          173         208        74
  24-Apr-10     Actual           753          167         205        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  09-Apr-11       48.2%        30.4%        19.4%        2.0%
  10-Apr-10       50.7%        27.9%        19.4%        2.0%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  09-Apr-11       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  10-Apr-10       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%

*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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