Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jun 29, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, June 30, 2012 was estimated at 929.4 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.4 percent higher than a week ago and 1.3 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)
  30-Jun-12       512.5          2.1        411.9         2.9     929.4
  23-Jun-12       507.7          2.2        403.9         2.9     916.7
   Change:          1.0%        -4.5%         2.0%        0.0%      1.4%
  02-Jul-11       515.9          2.4        396.4         2.5     917.2
   Change:         -0.7%       -12.5%         3.9%       16.0%      1.3%
  2012 YTD      12574.8         58.2      11308.6        74.0   24015.6
  2011 YTD      12914.3         63.9      11084.8        72.8   24135.8
   Change:         -2.6%        -8.9%         2.0%        1.7%     -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
  30-Jun-12     653,000       13,000    1,999,000      38,000
  23-Jun-12     649,000       13,000    1,954,000      37,000
   Change:          0.6%         0.0%         2.3%        2.7%
  02-Jul-11     670,000       17,000    1,960,000      37,000
   Change:         -2.5%       -23.5%         2.0%        2.7%
  2012 YTD   16,072,000      352,000   54,334,000     973,000
  2011 YTD   16,839,000      403,000   53,518,000   1,009,000
   Change:         -4.6%       -12.7%         1.5%       -3.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  30-Jun-12   Estimate          1289          276         275       154
  23-Jun-12   Estimate          1286          283         276       155
  02-Jul-11     Actual          1270          251         271       137
            Dressed:
  30-Jun-12   Estimate           786          164         206        77
  23-Jun-12   Estimate           784          169         207        78
  02-Jul-11     Actual           773          148         202        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  16-Jun-12       53.9%        26.2%        18.2%        1.8%
  18-Jun-11       52.8%        27.7%        17.9%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  16-Jun-12       96.6%                      3.0%                  0.3%
  18-Jun-11       96.6%                      3.0%                  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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