Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jul 20, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, July 21, 2012 was estimated at 921.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.2 percent higher than a week ago and 1.6 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)
  21-Jul-12       518.0          2.0        398.5         2.8     921.3
  14-Jul-12       505.9          2.0        400.1         2.8     910.8
   Change:          2.4%         0.0%        -0.4%        0.0%      1.2%
  23-Jul-11       505.3          2.5        396.8         2.5     907.1
   Change:          2.5%       -20.0%         0.4%       12.0%      1.6%
  2012 YTD      14069.5         64.0      12451.7        81.7   26666.9
  2011 YTD      14394.6         70.9      12243.4        80.0   26788.9
   Change:         -2.3%        -9.7%         1.7%        2.1%     -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
  21-Jul-12     654,000       13,000    1,961,000      38,000
  14-Jul-12     641,000       13,000    1,959,000      37,000
   Change:          2.0%         0.0%         0.1%        2.7%
  23-Jul-11     654,000       18,000    1,990,000      37,000
   Change:          0.0%       -27.8%        -1.5%        2.7%
  2012 YTD   17,948,000      392,000   60,010,000   1,079,000
  2011 YTD   18,750,000      454,000   59,270,000   1,114,000
   Change:         -4.3%       -13.6%         1.2%       -3.1%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  21-Jul-12   Estimate          1297          255         271       150
  14-Jul-12   Estimate          1294          265         273       151
  23-Jul-11     Actual          1273          246         266       134
            Dressed:
  21-Jul-12   Estimate           793          152         203        75
  14-Jul-12   Estimate           791          158         204        76
  23-Jul-11     Actual           775          145         200        67
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  07-Jul-12       54.6%        26.4%        17.5%        1.4%
  09-Jul-11       52.9%        28.5%        17.2%        1.4%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  07-Jul-12       97.3%                      2.5%                  0.3%
  09-Jul-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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