Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Aug 24, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, August 25, 2012 was estimated at 976.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 3.0 percent higher than a week ago and 2.6 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.2 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)
  25-Aug-12       516.9          2.0        454.3         2.9     976.1
  18-Aug-12       507.9          2.0        434.8         2.8     947.5
   Change:          1.8%         0.0%         4.5%        3.6%      3.0%
  27-Aug-11       523.0          2.3        423.6         2.6     951.5
   Change:         -1.2%       -13.0%         7.2%       11.5%      2.6%
  2012 YTD      16611.4         74.5      14555.6        95.8   31337.3
  2011 YTD      16971.0         82.9      14265.6        93.1   31412.6
   Change:         -2.1%       -10.1%         2.0%        2.9%     -0.2%
(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
  25-Aug-12     653,000       15,000    2,265,000      40,000
  18-Aug-12     643,000       15,000    2,166,000      40,000
   Change:          1.6%         0.0%         4.6%        0.0%
  27-Aug-11     678,000       16,000    2,123,000      39,000
   Change:         -3.7%        -6.3%         6.7%        2.6%
  2012 YTD   21,165,000      473,000   70,539,000   1,282,000
  2011 YTD   22,087,000      540,000   69,442,000   1,310,000
   Change:         -4.2%       -12.5%         1.6%       -2.2%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  25-Aug-12   Estimate          1300          231         268       145
  18-Aug-12   Estimate          1300          235         268       144
  27-Aug-11     Actual          1274          246         267       133
            Dressed:
  25-Aug-12   Estimate           793          136         201        72
  18-Aug-12   Estimate           792          136         201        72
  27-Aug-11     Actual           774          145         200        67
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  11-Aug-12       52.9%        27.0%        18.4%        1.6%
  13-Aug-11       50.4%        28.9%        19.1%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  11-Aug-12       96.7%                      3.0%                  0.3%
  13-Aug-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  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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