Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jun 01, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, June 02, 2012 was estimated at 846.6 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 8.9 percent lower than a week ago and 1.8 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.5 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)
  02-Jun-12       462.7          1.9        379.5         2.5     846.6
  26-May-12       492.4          2.3        431.6         2.9     929.2
   Change:         -6.0%       -17.4%       -12.1%      -13.8%     -8.9%
  04-Jun-11       467.6          2.1        359.1         2.5     831.3
   Change:         -1.0%        -9.5%         5.7%        0.0%      1.8%
  2012 YTD      10510.2         49.7       9683.0        62.5   20305.4
  2011 YTD      10821.4         54.0       9478.7        62.4   20416.5
   Change:         -2.9%        -8.0%         2.2%        0.2%     -0.5%
(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
  02-Jun-12     596,000       11,000    1,822,000      32,000
  26-May-12     636,000       13,000    2,069,000      37,000
   Change:         -6.3%       -15.4%       -11.9%      -13.5%
  04-Jun-11     611,000       13,000    1,744,000      34,000
   Change:         -2.5%       -15.4%         4.5%       -5.9%
  2012 YTD   13,450,000      300,000   46,415,000     825,000
  2011 YTD   14,112,000      338,000   45,620,000     860,000
   Change:         -4.7%       -11.2%         1.7%       -4.0%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  02-Jun-12   Estimate          1280          295         278       158
  26-May-12   Estimate          1279          301         278       158
  04-Jun-11     Actual          1261          266         275       145
            Dressed:
  02-Jun-12   Estimate           778          177         208        79
  26-May-12   Estimate           776          181         209        79
  04-Jun-11     Actual           767          157         206        73
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  19-May-12       53.2%        27.6%        17.5%        1.6%
  21-May-11       50.9%        28.5%        18.9%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  19-May-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  21-May-11       96.8%                      2.9%                  0.3%

*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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