Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jun 22, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, June 23, 2012 was estimated at 916.7 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.5 percent lower than a week ago and 1.7 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.6 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)
  23-Jun-12       507.7          2.2        403.9         2.9     916.7
  16-Jun-12       510.3          2.2        405.7         2.9     921.1
   Change:         -0.5%         0.0%        -0.4%        0.0%     -0.5%
  25-Jun-11       530.6          2.4        397.5         2.5     933.0
   Change:         -4.3%        -8.3%         1.6%       16.0%     -1.7%
  2012 YTD      12057.8         56.5      10900.7        71.1   23086.1
  2011 YTD      12398.4         61.5      10688.4        70.3   23218.6
   Change:         -2.8%        -8.1%         2.0%        1.1%     -0.6%
(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
  23-Jun-12     649,000       13,000    1,954,000      37,000
  16-Jun-12     653,000       13,000    1,957,000      37,000
   Change:         -0.6%         0.0%        -0.2%        0.0%
  25-Jun-11     690,000       17,000    1,961,000      37,000
   Change:         -5.9%       -23.5%        -0.4%        0.0%
  2012 YTD   15,418,000      340,000   52,333,000     934,000
  2011 YTD   16,170,000      387,000   51,558,000     972,000
   Change:         -4.6%       -12.0%         1.5%       -3.9%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  23-Jun-12   Estimate          1286          283         276       155
  16-Jun-12   Estimate          1285          283         277       156
  25-Jun-11     Actual          1267          251         272       137
            Dressed:
  23-Jun-12   Estimate           784          169         207        78
  16-Jun-12   Estimate           783          169         207        78
  25-Jun-11     Actual           771          149         203        69
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  09-Jun-12        0.5%        28.0%        18.4%        1.7%
  11-Jun-11       51.0%        30.4%        17.2%        1.5%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  09-Jun-12       96.7%                      3.0%                  0.3%
  11-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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