Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Sep 02, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, September 03, 2011 was estimated at 938.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.5 percent lower 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)
  03-Sep-11       510.5          2.4        422.4         2.8     938.1
  27-Aug-11       518.6          2.3        419.8         2.5     943.2
   Change:         -1.6%         4.3%         0.6%       12.0%     -0.5%
  04-Sep-10       521.8          2.6        422.5         2.7     949.6
   Change:         -2.2%        -7.7%         0.0%        3.7%     -1.2%
  2011 YTD      17477.1         85.3      14684.2        95.8   32342.4
  2010 YTD      17404.1         87.7      14578.5       104.2   32174.6
   Change:          0.4%        -2.7%         0.7%       -8.0%      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
  03-Sep-11     661,000       17,000    2,129,000      42,000
  27-Aug-11     672,000       17,000    2,114,000      38,000
   Change:         -1.6%         0.0%         0.7%       10.5%
  04-Sep-10     673,000       17,000    2,121,000      43,000
   Change:         -1.8%         0.0%         0.4%       -2.3%
  2011 YTD   22,742,000      558,000   71,563,000   1,351,000
  2010 YTD   22,757,000      586,000   71,962,000   1,514,000
   Change:         -0.1%        -4.7%        -0.6%      -10.8%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  03-Sep-11   Estimate          1270          241         265       134
  27-Aug-11   Estimate          1269          238         265       135
  04-Sep-10     Actual          1284          263         267       128
            Dressed:
  03-Sep-11   Estimate           775          142         198        68
  27-Aug-11   Estimate           774          140         198        68
  04-Sep-10     Actual           778          155         199        64
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  20-Aug-11       52.7%        25.8%        19.9%        1.7%
  21-Aug-10       49.0%        31.6%        17.5%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  20-Aug-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  21-Aug-10       97.0%                      2.7%                  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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