Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Nov 18, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, November 19, 2011 was estimated at 986.7 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.4 percent higher than a week ago and 3.0 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.4 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)
  19-Nov-11       494.0          2.5        487.5         2.7     986.7
  12-Nov-11       486.5          2.4        472.0         2.8     963.7
   Change:          1.5%         4.2%         3.3%       -3.6%      2.4%
  20-Nov-10       528.7          2.6        482.6         3.1    1017.0
   Change:         -6.6%        -3.8%         1.0%      -12.9%     -3.0%
  2011 YTD      23016.6        111.8      19834.2       124.7   43087.3
  2010 YTD      23056.0        116.0      19624.0       136.3   42932.4
   Change:         -0.2%        -3.6%         1.1%       -8.5%      0.4%
(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
  19-Nov-11     636,000       17,000    2,360,000      40,000
  12-Nov-11     625,000       17,000    2,293,000      41,000
   Change:          1.8%         0.0%         2.9%       -2.4%
  20-Nov-10     681,000       17,000    2,326,000      48,000
   Change:         -6.6%         0.0%         1.5%      -16.7%
  2011 YTD   29,886,000      742,000   96,710,000   1,774,000
  2010 YTD   29,994,000      767,000   96,544,000   2,000,000
   Change:         -0.4%        -3.2%         0.2%      -11.3%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  19-Nov-11   Estimate          1293          248         277       137
  12-Nov-11   Estimate          1292          246         276       138
  20-Nov-10     Actual          1298          271         278       131
            Dressed:
  19-Nov-11   Estimate           779          146         206        68
  12-Nov-11   Estimate           781          144         206        69
  20-Nov-10     Actual           779          161         208        66
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  05-Nov-11       47.7%        28.0%        22.6%        1.8%
  06-Nov-10       46.5%        29.9%        21.6%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  05-Nov-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  06-Nov-10       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%

*2010 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
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