Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri May 13, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 14, 2011 was estimated at 909.2 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.7 percent lower 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)
  14-May-11       493.5          2.2        410.8         2.7     909.2
  07-May-11       497.3          2.6        413.1         2.7     915.7
   Change:         -0.8%       -15.4%        -0.6%        0.0%     -0.7%
  15-May-10       508.5          2.4        399.1         2.8     912.8
   Change:         -2.9%        -8.3%         2.9%       -3.6%     -0.4%
  2011 YTD       9340.4         47.3       8282.8        53.7   17724.2
  2010 YTD       9303.6         49.3       8205.0        59.4   17617.4
   Change:          0.4%        -4.1%         1.0%       -9.6%      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
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  14-May-11     653,000       13,000    1,978,000      39,000
  07-May-11     657,000       15,000    1,989,000      39,000
   Change:         -0.6%       -13.3%        -0.6%        0.0%
  15-May-10     678,000       14,000    1,958,000      40,000
   Change:         -3.7%        -7.1%         1.0%       -2.5%
  2011 YTD   12,167,000      296,000   39,796,000     749,000
  2010 YTD   12,203,000      330,000   40,317,000     846,000
   Change:         -0.3%       -10.2%        -1.3%      -11.4%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  14-May-11   Estimate          1256          294         277       141
  07-May-11   Estimate          1258          298         277       139
  15-May-10     Actual          1250          287         273       142
            Dressed:
  14-May-11   Estimate           758          175         208        71
  07-May-11   Estimate           760          178         208        70
  15-May-10     Actual           753          171         204        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  30-Apr-11       49.4%        29.1%        19.6%        1.9%
  01-May-10       51.2%        27.8%        18.9%        2.1%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  30-Apr-11       96.7%                      2.9%                  0.3%
  01-May-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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