Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Sep 30, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, October 01, 2011 was estimated at 979.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.4 percent higher than a week ago and 2.3 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)
  01-Oct-11       522.7          2.4        451.4         2.6     979.1
  24-Sep-11       512.1          2.4        457.7         2.7     974.9
   Change:          2.1%         0.0%        -1.4%       -3.7%      0.4%
  02-Oct-10       513.5          2.6        437.8         3.0     956.9
   Change:          1.8%        -7.7%         3.1%      -13.3%      2.3%
  2011 YTD      19472.9         94.7      16468.2       106.0   36141.8
  2010 YTD      19416.6         97.7      16286.3       115.1   35915.8
   Change:          0.3%        -3.1%         1.1%       -7.9%      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
  01-Oct-11     677,000       17,000    2,250,000      39,000
  24-Sep-11     663,000       17,000    2,289,000      40,000
   Change:          2.1%         0.0%        -1.7%       -2.5%
  02-Oct-10     657,000       17,000    2,150,000      44,000
   Change:          3.0%         0.0%         4.7%      -11.4%
  2011 YTD   25,328,000      623,000   80,429,000   1,501,000
  2010 YTD   25,336,000      650,000   80,405,000   1,681,000
   Change:          0.0%        -4.1%         0.0%      -10.7%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  01-Oct-11   Estimate          1278          250         269       137
  24-Sep-11   Estimate          1276          248         268       136
  02-Oct-10     Actual          1293          270         273       135
            Dressed:
  01-Oct-11   Estimate           775          147         201        68
  24-Sep-11   Estimate           775          146         200        68
  02-Oct-10     Actual           785          160         204        67
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  17-Sep-11       48.2%        27.6%        22.3%        1.9%
  18-Sep-10       48.2%        30.5%        19.1%        2.1%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  17-Sep-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  18-Sep-10       96.9%                      2.7%                  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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