Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Dec 09, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 10, 2011 was estimated at 992.5 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.6 percent lower than a week ago and 0.4 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)
  10-Dec-11       502.4          2.6        484.7         2.8     992.5
  03-Dec-11       513.2          2.5        490.7         2.6    1009.0
   Change:         -2.1%         4.0%        -1.2%        7.7%     -1.6%
  11-Dec-10       524.2          2.5        465.9         3.5     996.1
   Change:         -4.2%         4.0%         4.0%      -20.0%     -0.4%
  2011 YTD      24465.7        119.3      21253.6       132.5   45971.1
  2010 YTD      24564.3        123.2      21002.5       145.8   45835.9
   Change:         -0.4%        -3.2%         1.2%       -9.1%      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
  10-Dec-11     650,000       17,000    2,330,000      41,000
  03-Dec-11     666,000       17,000    2,361,000      38,000
   Change:         -2.4%         0.0%        -1.3%        7.9%
  11-Dec-10     673,000       17,000    2,243,000      49,000
   Change:         -3.4%         0.0%         3.9%      -16.3%
  2011 YTD   31,771,000      790,000  103,494,000   1,887,000
  2010 YTD   31,926,000      815,000  103,174,000   2,136,000
   Change:         -0.5%        -3.0%         0.3%      -11.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  10-Dec-11   Estimate          1295          260         279       138
  03-Dec-11   Estimate          1292          257         279       136
  11-Dec-10     Actual          1305          261         278       141
            Dressed:
  10-Dec-11   Estimate           775          153         208        69
  03-Dec-11   Estimate           773          151         208        68
  11-Dec-10     Actual           782          155         208        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  26-Nov-11       48.9%        28.7%        20.8%        1.7%
  27-Nov-10       49.4%        29.2%        19.8%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  26-Nov-11       97.7%                      2.1%                  0.2%
  27-Nov-10       97.8%                      2.0%                  0.2%

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