Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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SJ_LS712
St Joseph, MO          Fri Sep 07, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, September 08, 2012 was estimated at 857.9 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 11.6 percent lower than a week ago and 0.1 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.1 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)
  08-Sep-12       436.5          1.9        417.0         2.5     857.9
  01-Sep-12       507.7          2.0        458.2         2.8     970.7
   Change:        -14.0%        -5.0%        -9.0%      -10.7%    -11.6%
  10-Sep-11       448.0          2.1        406.2         2.3     858.6
   Change:         -2.6%        -9.5%         2.7%        8.7%     -0.1%
  2012 YTD      17556.4         78.7      15436.8       101.2   33173.1
  2011 YTD      17930.4         87.4      15097.5        98.1   33213.4
   Change:         -2.1%       -10.0%         2.3%        3.2%     -0.1%
(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
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                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  08-Sep-12     551,000       14,000    2,074,000      35,000
  01-Sep-12     641,000       15,000    2,282,000      40,000
   Change:        -14.0%        -6.7%        -9.1%      -12.5%
  10-Sep-11     579,000       15,000    2,020,000      34,000
   Change:         -4.8%        -6.7%         2.7%        2.9%
  2012 YTD   22,356,000      503,000   74,912,000   1,358,000
  2011 YTD   23,329,000      572,000   73,599,000   1,384,000
   Change:         -4.2%       -12.1%         1.8%       -1.9%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  08-Sep-12   Estimate          1301          237         269       143
  01-Sep-12   Estimate          1300          233         268       143
  10-Sep-11     Actual          1280          252         269       136
            Dressed:
  08-Sep-12   Estimate           794          140         201        71
  01-Sep-12   Estimate           794          138         201        72
  10-Sep-11     Actual           777          148         201        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  25-Aug-12       50.8%        28.1%        19.3%        1.8%
  27-Aug-11       50.4%        27.7%        20.1%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  25-Aug-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  27-Aug-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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