Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Aug 26, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, August 27, 2011 was estimated at 940.9 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.4 percent higher than a week ago and 1.7 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)
  27-Aug-11       516.3          2.3        419.8         2.5     940.9
  20-Aug-11       507.3          2.3        407.1         2.5     919.2
   Change:          1.8%         0.0%         3.1%        0.0%      2.4%
  28-Aug-10       530.0          2.6        422.2         2.7     957.5
   Change:         -2.6%       -11.5%        -0.6%       -7.4%     -1.7%
  2011 YTD      16954.1         82.8      14261.5        92.9   31391.3
  2010 YTD      16882.3         85.1      14156.0       101.5   31225.0
   Change:          0.4%        -2.7%         0.7%       -8.5%      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
  27-Aug-11     669,000       17,000    2,114,000      38,000
  20-Aug-11     657,000       17,000    2,046,000      37,000
   Change:          1.8%         0.0%         3.3%        2.7%
  28-Aug-10     683,000       17,000    2,120,000      42,000
   Change:         -2.0%         0.0%        -0.3%       -9.5%
  2011 YTD   22,066,000      542,000   69,429,000   1,307,000
  2010 YTD   22,084,000      569,000   69,841,000   1,471,000
   Change:         -0.1%        -4.7%        -0.6%      -11.2%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  27-Aug-11   Estimate          1269          238         265       135
  20-Aug-11   Estimate          1271          240         266       134
  28-Aug-10     Actual          1280          261         267       129
            Dressed:
  27-Aug-11   Estimate           774          140         198        68
  20-Aug-11   Estimate           774          141         199        67
  28-Aug-10     Actual           778          154         199        65
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  13-Aug-11       50.4%        28.9%        19.1%        1.6%
  14-Aug-10       49.5%        31.0%        17.5%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  13-Aug-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  14-Aug-10       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%

*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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