Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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SJ_LS712                  ***Note:  This report is for w/e 4/30/2011***
St Joseph, MO          Fri May 06, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, April 30, 2011 was estimated at 877.5 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 5.5 percent lower than a week ago and 4.1 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.7 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)
  30-Apr-11       467.2          2.6        405.0         2.7     877.5
  23-Apr-11       495.0          2.8        427.4         3.6     928.8
   Change:         -5.6%        -7.1%        -5.2%      -25.0%     -5.5%
  01-May-10       496.4          2.4        412.9         3.0     914.7
   Change:         -5.9%         8.3%        -1.9%      -10.0%     -4.1%
  2011 YTD       8353.3         43.5       7457.1        48.5   15902.4
  2010 YTD       8287.3         44.4       7400.0        53.6   15785.4
   Change:          0.8%        -2.0%         0.8%       -9.5%      0.7%
(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
  30-Apr-11     615,000       15,000    1,950,000      37,000
  23-Apr-11     649,000       16,000    2,056,000      48,000
   Change:         -5.2%        -6.3%        -5.2%      -22.9%
  01-May-10     662,000       15,000    2,022,000      41,000
   Change:         -7.1%         0.0%        -3.6%       -9.8%
  2011 YTD   10,851,000      273,000   35,819,000     667,000
  2010 YTD   10,850,000      301,000   36,368,000     764,000
   Change:          0.0%        -9.2%        -1.5%      -12.7%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  30-Apr-11   Estimate          1263          296         277       146
  23-Apr-11   Estimate          1268          294         277       149
  01-May-10     Actual          1249          273         273       145
            Dressed:
  30-Apr-11   Estimate           763          177         208        73
  23-Apr-11   Estimate           766          175         208        74
  01-May-10     Actual           752          162         204        72
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  16-Apr-11       48.5%        29.8%        19.6%        2.0%
  17-Apr-10       49.1%        29.2%        19.5%        2.2%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  16-Apr-11       96.8%                      2.9%                  0.3%
  17-Apr-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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