Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri May 27, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 28, 2011 was estimated at 934.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.7 percent higher than a week ago and 3.0 percent higher
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)
  28-May-11       508.6          2.2        420.7         2.8     934.3
  21-May-11       494.3          2.5        419.5         2.6     918.9
   Change:          2.9%       -12.0%         0.3%        7.7%      1.7%
  29-May-10       508.7          2.5        393.2         3.1     907.5
   Change:          0.0%       -12.0%         7.0%       -9.7%      3.0%
  2011 YTD      10344.7         51.9       9120.4        59.5   19576.5
  2010 YTD      10327.3         54.1       9008.3        65.4   19455.2
   Change:          0.2%        -4.1%         1.2%       -9.0%      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
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  28-May-11     672,000       13,000    2,031,000      38,000
  21-May-11     654,000       15,000    2,021,000      37,000
   Change:          2.8%       -13.3%         0.5%        2.7%
  29-May-10     676,000       14,000    1,934,000      44,000
   Change:         -0.6%        -7.1%         5.0%      -13.6%
  2011 YTD   13,492,000      324,000   43,851,000     823,000
  2010 YTD   13,564,000      358,000   44,262,000     931,000
   Change:         -0.5%        -9.6%        -0.9%      -11.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  28-May-11   Estimate          1256          288         277       150
  21-May-11   Estimate          1256          291         277       144
  29-May-10     Actual          1251          288         272       141
            Dressed:
  28-May-11   Estimate           759          172         207        76
  21-May-11   Estimate           758          174         208        72
  29-May-10     Actual           755          171         203        70
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  14-May-11       51.9%        27.7%        18.6%        1.8%
  15-May-10       48.7%        30.4%        18.8%        2.0%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  14-May-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  15-May-10       96.9%                      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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