Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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SJ_LS712                   ***Note:  This report is for w/e 5/07/2011***
St Joseph, MO          Tue May 10, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 07, 2011 was estimated at 915.7 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 4.4 percent higher than a week ago and 0.4 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.6 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)
  07-May-11       497.3          2.6        413.1         2.7     915.7
  30-Apr-11       467.2          2.6        405.0         2.7     877.5
   Change:          6.4%         0.0%         2.0%        0.0%      4.4%
  08-May-10       507.8          2.5        405.9         3.0     919.2
   Change:         -2.1%         4.0%         1.8%      -10.0%     -0.4%
  2011 YTD       8845.7         45.6       7870.9        50.9   16813.1
  2010 YTD       8795.1         46.9       7805.9        56.6   16704.6
   Change:          0.6%        -2.8%         0.8%      -10.0%      0.6%
(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
  07-May-11     657,000       15,000    1,989,000      39,000
  30-Apr-11     615,000       15,000    1,950,000      37,000
   Change:          6.8%         0.0%         2.0%        5.4%
  08-May-10     676,000       15,000    1,992,000      41,000
   Change:         -2.8%         0.0%        -0.2%       -4.9%
  2011 YTD   11,508,000      286,000   37,813,000     709,000
  2010 YTD   11,525,000      315,000   38,359,000     806,000
   Change:         -0.1%        -9.3%        -1.4%      -12.0%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  07-May-11   Estimate          1258          298         277       139
  30-Apr-11   Estimate          1263          296         277       146
  08-May-10     Actual          1250          289         273       144
            Dressed:
  07-May-11   Estimate           760          178         208        70
  30-Apr-11   Estimate           763          177         208        73
  08-May-10     Actual           754          172         204        72
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  23-Apr-11       49.9%        29.1%        19.0%        1.9%
  24-Apr-10       49.3%        29.7%        19.0%        2.1%

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