Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri May 18, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 19, 2012 was estimated at 943.5 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.7 percent higher than a week ago and 2.0 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.7 percent lower compared to the previous year.

                        Meat Production (millions of pounds)
                             (excludes condemned)
Week Ending       Beef     Calf/Veal     Pork (2) Lamb/Mutton  Totals (3)
  19-May-12       496.4          2.3        441.9         2.9     943.5
  12-May-12       495.6          2.3        436.5         2.8     937.2
   Change:          0.2%         0.0%         1.2%        3.6%      0.7%
  21-May-11       500.3          2.4        419.4         3.0     925.1
   Change:         -0.8%        -4.2%         5.4%       -3.3%      2.0%
  2012 YTD       9547.3         45.6       8874.7        57.1   18524.7
  2011 YTD       9842.1         49.6       8699.6        57.1   18648.4
   Change:         -3.0%        -8.1%         2.0%        0.0%     -0.7%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.      (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2012 totals are subject to revision
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  19-May-12     641,000       13,000    2,116,000      37,000
  12-May-12     639,000       13,000    2,089,000      37,000
   Change:          0.3%         0.0%         1.3%        0.0%
  21-May-11     662,000       15,000    2,031,000      39,000
   Change:         -3.2%       -13.3%         4.2%       -5.1%
  2012 YTD   12,212,000      276,000   42,522,000     757,000
  2011 YTD   12,827,000      310,000   41,831,000     787,000
   Change:         -4.8%       -11.1%         1.7%       -3.8%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  19-May-12   Estimate          1281          301         279       159
  12-May-12   Estimate          1283          296         279       151
  21-May-11     Actual          1252          285         276       151
            Dressed:
  19-May-12   Estimate           776          180         209        79
  12-May-12   Estimate           777          177         209        76
  21-May-11     Actual           759          170         207        76
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  05-May-12       51.1%        29.1%        18.2%        1.6%
  07-May-11       51.2%        28.7%        18.4%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  05-May-12       96.9%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  07-May-11       96.8%                      2.9%                  0.4%

*2011 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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