Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 03, 2011 was estimated at 1009 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 16.0 percent higher than a week ago and 1.1 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.3 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-Dec-11       513.2          2.5        490.7         2.6    1009.0
  26-Nov-11       437.0          2.1        428.4         2.2     869.7
   Change:         17.4%        19.0%        14.5%       18.2%     16.0%
  04-Dec-10       529.7          2.6        484.3         3.3    1019.9
   Change:         -3.1%        -3.8%         1.3%      -21.2%     -1.1%
  2011 YTD      23962.1        116.6      20766.9       129.6   44975.2
  2010 YTD      24040.1        120.7      20536.6       142.3   44839.8
   Change:         -0.3%        -3.4%         1.1%       -8.9%      0.3%
(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-Dec-11     666,000       17,000    2,361,000      38,000
  26-Nov-11     565,000       14,000    2,067,000      32,000
   Change:         17.9%        21.4%        14.2%       18.8%
  04-Dec-10     681,000       18,000    2,325,000      47,000
   Change:         -2.2%        -5.6%         1.5%      -19.1%
  2011 YTD   31,125,000      772,000  101,161,000   1,844,000
  2010 YTD   31,253,000      798,000  100,931,000   2,086,000
   Change:         -0.4%        -3.3%         0.2%      -11.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  03-Dec-11   Estimate          1292          257         279       136
  26-Nov-11   Estimate          1293          254         278       136
  04-Dec-10     Actual          1303          254         279       141
            Dressed:
  03-Dec-11   Estimate           773          151         208        68
  26-Nov-11   Estimate           776          149         207        68
  04-Dec-10     Actual           781          150         208        70
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  19-Nov-11       46.5%        28.0%        23.5%        2.0%
  20-Nov-10       47.2%        29.7%        21.1%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  19-Nov-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  20-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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