Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri May 20, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 21, 2011 was estimated at 918.9 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.1 percent higher than a week ago and 1.2 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.5 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)
  21-May-11       494.3          2.5        419.5         2.6     918.9
  14-May-11       493.5          2.2        410.8         2.7     909.2
   Change:          0.2%        13.6%         2.1%       -3.7%      1.1%
  22-May-10       515.0          2.3        410.1         2.9     930.3
   Change:         -4.0%         8.7%         2.3%      -10.3%     -1.2%
  2011 YTD       9836.4         49.7       8701.4        56.5   18644.0
  2010 YTD       9818.6         51.6       8615.1        62.3   18547.7
   Change:          0.2%        -3.7%         1.0%       -9.3%      0.5%
(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
  21-May-11     654,000       15,000    2,021,000      37,000
  14-May-11     653,000       13,000    1,978,000      39,000
   Change:          0.2%        15.4%         2.2%       -5.1%
  22-May-10     685,000       14,000    2,011,000      42,000
   Change:         -4.5%         7.1%         0.5%      -11.9%
  2011 YTD   12,822,000      311,000   41,818,000     785,000
  2010 YTD   12,888,000      344,000   42,328,000     887,000
   Change:         -0.5%        -9.6%        -1.2%      -11.5%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  21-May-11   Estimate          1256          291         277       144
  14-May-11   Estimate          1256          294         277       141
  22-May-10     Actual          1253          278         273       142
            Dressed:
  21-May-11   Estimate           758          174         208        72
  14-May-11   Estimate           758          175         208        71
  22-May-10     Actual           755          165         204        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  07-May-11       51.2%        28.7%        18.4%        1.7%
  08-May-10       51.2%        28.3%        18.5%        2.0%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  07-May-11       96.8%                      2.9%                  0.4%
  08-May-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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