Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Aug 10, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, August 11, 2012 was estimated at 917.6 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.8 percent lower than a week ago and 0.6 percent lower
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)
  11-Aug-12       504.0          2.1        408.7         2.8     917.6
  04-Aug-12       511.4          2.1        408.4         2.9     924.8
   Change:         -1.5%         0.0%         0.1%       -3.4%     -0.8%
  13-Aug-11       513.4          2.4        404.6         2.6     923.0
   Change:         -1.8%       -12.5%         1.0%        7.7%     -0.6%
  2012 YTD      15584.5         70.5      13663.8        90.0   29408.8
  2011 YTD      15930.5         78.2      13434.6        87.9   29531.2
   Change:         -2.2%        -9.9%         1.7%        2.4%     -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
  11-Aug-12     639,000       15,000    2,031,000      40,000
  04-Aug-12     647,000       15,000    2,025,000      40,000
   Change:         -1.2%         0.0%         0.3%        0.0%
  13-Aug-11     665,000       18,000    2,041,000      39,000
   Change:         -3.9%       -16.7%        -0.5%        2.6%
  2012 YTD   19,871,000      442,000   66,078,000   1,201,000
  2011 YTD   20,740,000      508,000   65,269,000   1,232,000
   Change:         -4.2%       -13.0%         1.2%       -2.5%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  11-Aug-12   Estimate          1298          239         269       142
  04-Aug-12   Estimate          1297          240         269       144
  13-Aug-11     Actual          1267          241         265       135
            Dressed:
  11-Aug-12   Estimate           791          139         201        71
  04-Aug-12   Estimate           792          140         202        72
  13-Aug-11     Actual           774          142         198        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  28-Jul-12       52.3%        26.7%        19.2%        1.7%
  30-Jul-11       50.9%        28.2%        19.3%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  28-Jul-12       96.6%                      3.1%                  0.3%
  30-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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