Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Sep 23, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, September 24, 2011 was estimated at 974.9 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.1 percent higher than a week ago and 0.5 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)
  24-Sep-11       512.1          2.4        457.7         2.7     974.9
  17-Sep-11       504.1          2.4        455.5         2.7     964.7
   Change:          1.6%         0.0%         0.5%        0.0%      1.1%
  25-Sep-10       518.9          2.5        445.4         2.8     969.6
   Change:         -1.3%        -4.0%         2.8%       -3.6%      0.5%
  2011 YTD      18946.6         92.2      16010.7       103.5   35153.0
  2010 YTD      18903.1         95.1      15848.5       112.1   34958.9
   Change:          0.2%        -3.1%         1.0%       -7.7%      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
  24-Sep-11     663,000       17,000    2,289,000      40,000
  17-Sep-11     653,000       17,000    2,287,000      40,000
   Change:          1.5%         0.0%         0.1%        0.0%
  25-Sep-10     665,000       16,000    2,199,000      43,000
   Change:         -0.3%         6.3%         4.1%       -7.0%
  2011 YTD   24,645,000      606,000   78,175,000   1,464,000
  2010 YTD   24,680,000      633,000   78,255,000   1,638,000
   Change:         -0.1%        -4.3%        -0.1%      -10.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  24-Sep-11   Estimate          1276          248         268       136
  17-Sep-11   Estimate          1274          247         267       135
  25-Sep-10     Actual          1294          274         272       132
            Dressed:
  24-Sep-11   Estimate           775          146         200        68
  17-Sep-11   Estimate           775          146         199        68
  25-Sep-10     Actual           783          161         203        66
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  10-Sep-11       49.5%        27.7%        21.0%        1.8%
  11-Sep-10       49.6%        29.0%        19.3%        2.1%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  10-Sep-11       97.2%                      2.5%                  0.3%
  11-Sep-10       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.2%

*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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