Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Oct 21, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, October 22, 2011 was estimated at 982 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.5 percent higher than a week ago and 3.2 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)
  22-Oct-11       503.9          2.6        472.9         2.6     982.0
  15-Oct-11       501.5          2.4        470.6         2.4     976.9
   Change:          0.5%         8.3%         0.5%        8.3%      0.5%
  23-Oct-10       524.5          2.7        484.0         2.9    1014.1
   Change:         -3.9%        -3.7%        -2.3%      -10.3%     -3.2%
  2011 YTD      20999.4        102.2      17903.2       113.5   39118.3
  2010 YTD      20984.2        105.7      17694.7       123.9   38908.6
   Change:          0.1%        -3.3%         1.2%       -8.4%      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
  22-Oct-11     651,000       18,000    2,323,000      39,000
  15-Oct-11     650,000       17,000    2,323,000      36,000
   Change:          0.2%         5.9%         0.0%        8.3%
  23-Oct-10     669,000       17,000    2,341,000      44,000
   Change:         -2.7%         5.9%        -0.8%      -11.4%
  2011 YTD   27,298,000      675,000   87,416,000   1,612,000
  2010 YTD   27,332,000      699,000   87,251,000   1,814,000
   Change:         -0.1%        -3.5%         0.2%      -11.1%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  22-Oct-11   Estimate          1285          251         273       137
  15-Oct-11   Estimate          1281          252         272       137
  23-Oct-10     Actual          1303          272         277       133
            Dressed:
  22-Oct-11   Estimate           777          148         204        68
  15-Oct-11   Estimate           774          149         203        68
  23-Oct-10     Actual           787          161         207        67
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  08-Oct-11       48.1%        29.1%        21.1%        1.8%
  09-Oct-10       49.5%        29.5%        19.1%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  08-Oct-11       97.1%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  09-Oct-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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