Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Dec 16, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 17, 2011 was estimated at 990.2 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.1 percent lower than a week ago and 1.5 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)
  17-Dec-11       498.4          2.5        486.3         3.0     990.2
  10-Dec-11       502.4          2.6        483.7         2.8     991.5
   Change:         -0.8%        -3.8%         0.5%        7.1%     -0.1%
  18-Dec-10       514.1          2.7        485.3         3.3    1005.4
   Change:         -3.1%        -7.4%         0.2%       -9.1%     -1.5%
  2011 YTD      24965.4        121.8      21743.2       135.5   46965.9
  2010 YTD      25078.4        125.9      21487.8       149.1   46841.3
   Change:         -0.5%        -3.3%         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
  17-Dec-11     642,000       17,000    2,333,000      43,000
  10-Dec-11     650,000       17,000    2,325,000      41,000
   Change:         -1.2%         0.0%         0.3%        4.9%
  18-Dec-10     660,000       17,000    2,344,000      47,000
   Change:         -2.7%         0.0%        -0.5%       -8.5%
  2011 YTD   32,407,000      808,000  105,825,000   1,929,000
  2010 YTD   32,586,000      832,000  105,518,000   2,183,000
   Change:         -0.5%        -2.9%         0.3%      -11.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  17-Dec-11   Estimate          1300          254         279       140
  10-Dec-11   Estimate          1295          260         279       138
  18-Dec-10     Actual          1305          267         277       141
            Dressed:
  17-Dec-11   Estimate           778          150         209        70
  10-Dec-11   Estimate           775          153         208        69
  18-Dec-10     Actual           782          157         207        70
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  03-Dec-11       50.2%        26.3%        21.7%        1.7%
  04-Dec-10       47.4%        30.2%        20.8%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  03-Dec-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  04-Dec-10       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%

*2010 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
        816-676-7000    e-mail stjoe.lgmn@ams.usda.gov
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