Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jun 15, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, June 16, 2012 was estimated at 921.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.1 percent lower than a week ago and 1.4 percent lower
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)
  16-Jun-12       510.3          2.2        405.7         2.9     921.1
  09-Jun-12       509.7          2.2        416.4         2.9     931.2
   Change:          0.1%         0.0%        -2.6%        0.0%     -1.1%
  18-Jun-11       525.8          2.6        402.9         2.7     934.0
   Change:         -2.9%       -15.4%         0.7%        7.4%     -1.4%
  2012 YTD      11543.8         54.2      10499.6        68.3   22165.9
  2011 YTD      11867.8         59.1      10290.9        67.8   22285.6
   Change:         -2.7%        -8.3%         2.0%        0.7%     -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
  16-Jun-12     653,000       13,000    1,957,000      37,000
  09-Jun-12     655,000       13,000    2,004,000      37,000
   Change:         -0.3%         0.0%        -2.3%        0.0%
  18-Jun-11     686,000       17,000    1,977,000      38,000
   Change:         -4.8%       -23.5%        -1.0%       -2.6%
  2012 YTD   14,764,000      327,000   50,378,000     898,000
  2011 YTD   15,479,000      370,000   49,597,000     936,000
   Change:         -4.6%       -11.6%         1.6%       -4.0%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  16-Jun-12   Estimate          1285          283         277       156
  09-Jun-12   Estimate          1281          291         278       157
  18-Jun-11     Actual          1263          263         273       141
            Dressed:
  16-Jun-12   Estimate           783          169         207        78
  09-Jun-12   Estimate           780          174         208        78
  18-Jun-11     Actual           769          155         204        70
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  02-Jun-12       53.1%        28.2%        17.2%        1.5%
  04-Jun-11       52.6%        28.7%        17.1%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  02-Jun-12       97.3%                      2.4%                  0.3%
  04-Jun-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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