Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jul 13, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, July 14, 2012 was estimated at 910.9 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 11.8 percent higher than a week ago and 2.5 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)
  14-Jul-12       505.9          2.0        400.1         2.9     910.9
  07-Jul-12       451.0          1.6        360.2         2.2     815.0
   Change:         12.2%        25.0%        11.1%       31.8%     11.8%
  16-Jul-11       519.0          2.4        410.2         2.5     934.1
   Change:         -2.5%       -16.7%        -2.5%       16.0%     -2.5%
  2012 YTD      13544.9         61.7      12061.2        78.9   25746.7
  2011 YTD      13889.3         68.4      11846.6        77.5   25881.8
   Change:         -2.5%        -9.8%         1.8%        1.8%     -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
  14-Jul-12     641,000       13,000    1,959,000      38,000
  07-Jul-12     574,000       10,000    1,755,000      29,000
   Change:         11.7%        30.0%        11.6%       31.0%
  16-Jul-11     672,000       17,000    2,032,000      36,000
   Change:         -4.6%       -23.5%        -3.6%        5.6%
  2012 YTD   17,293,000      376,000   58,059,000   1,040,000
  2011 YTD   18,096,000      436,000   57,280,000   1,077,000
   Change:         -4.4%       -13.8%         1.4%       -3.5%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  14-Jul-12   Estimate          1294          265         273       151
  07-Jul-12   Estimate          1291          272         274       153
  16-Jul-11     Actual          1272          248         270       136
            Dressed:
  14-Jul-12   Estimate           791          158         204        76
  07-Jul-12   Estimate           787          162         205        76
  16-Jul-11     Actual           775          146         202        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  30-Jun-12       53.8%        26.8%        17.8%        1.7%
  02-Jul-11       51.6%        28.1%        18.6%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  30-Jun-12       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.4%
  02-Jul-11       96.6%                      3.0%                  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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