Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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SJ_LS712
St Joseph, MO          Fri Aug 03, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, August 04, 2012 was estimated at 924.8 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.1 percent higher than a week ago and 2.2 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.4 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)
  04-Aug-12       511.4          2.1        408.4         2.9     924.8
  28-Jul-12       504.4          1.9        405.3         2.8     914.4
   Change:          1.4%        10.5%         0.8%        3.6%      1.1%
  06-Aug-11       509.3          2.5        390.2         2.6     904.6
   Change:          0.4%       -16.0%         4.7%       11.5%      2.2%
  2012 YTD      15083.8         68.2      13257.5        87.3   28496.8
  2011 YTD      15417.1         75.8      13030.0        85.3   28608.2
   Change:         -2.2%       -10.0%         1.8%        2.3%     -0.4%
(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
  04-Aug-12     647,000       15,000    2,025,000      40,000
  28-Jul-12     637,000       13,000    2,003,000      38,000
   Change:          1.6%        15.4%         1.1%        5.3%
  06-Aug-11     660,000       19,000    1,968,000      40,000
   Change:         -2.0%       -21.1%         2.9%        0.0%
  2012 YTD   19,235,000      424,000   64,040,000   1,161,000
  2011 YTD   20,075,000      490,000   63,228,000   1,193,000
   Change:         -4.2%       -13.5%         1.3%       -2.7%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  04-Aug-12   Estimate          1297          240         269       144
  28-Jul-12   Estimate          1297          244         270       147
  06-Aug-11     Actual          1271          233         265       133
            Dressed:
  04-Aug-12   Estimate           792          140         202        72
  28-Jul-12   Estimate           793          146         202        74
  06-Aug-11     Actual           774          137         198        67
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  21-Jul-12       52.2%        25.7%        20.2%        1.8%
  23-Jul-11       51.1%        27.7%        19.5%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  21-Jul-12       96.8%                      2.9%                  0.4%
  23-Jul-11       96.9%                      2.7%                  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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