Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Sep 14, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, September 15, 2012 was estimated at 1006 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 17.6 percent higher than a week ago and 3.2 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0 percent higher compared to the previous year.

                        Meat Production (millions of pounds)
                             (excludes condemned)
Week Ending       Beef     Calf/Veal     Pork (2) Lamb/Mutton  Totals (3)
  15-Sep-12       511.9          2.3        488.7         3.1    1006.0
  08-Sep-12       436.5          1.9        414.6         2.5     855.5
   Change:         17.3%        21.1%        17.9%       24.0%     17.6%
  17-Sep-11       507.7          2.5        461.6         2.6     974.4
   Change:          0.8%        -8.0%         5.9%       19.2%      3.2%
  2012 YTD      18066.8         81.3      15923.4       104.5   34176.0
  2011 YTD      18438.1         89.9      15559.1       100.7   34187.8
   Change:         -2.0%        -9.6%         2.3%        3.8%      0.0%
(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
  15-Sep-12     647,000       16,000    2,428,000      43,000
  08-Sep-12     551,000       14,000    2,062,000      35,000
   Change:         17.4%        14.3%        17.7%       22.9%
  17-Sep-11     659,000       17,000    2,291,000      39,000
   Change:         -1.8%        -5.9%         6.0%       10.3%
  2012 YTD   23,003,000      519,000   77,324,000   1,401,000
  2011 YTD   23,988,000      589,000   75,890,000   1,422,000
   Change:         -4.1%       -11.9%         1.9%       -1.5%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  15-Sep-12   Estimate          1302          244         269       144
  08-Sep-12   Estimate          1301          237         269       143
  17-Sep-11     Actual          1278          253         270       136
            Dressed:
  15-Sep-12   Estimate           793          145         201        72
  08-Sep-12   Estimate           794          140         201        71
  17-Sep-11     Actual           773          149         202        67
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  01-Sep-12       49.3%        28.7%        20.1%        1.9%
  03-Sep-11       48.9%        28.8%        20.5%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  01-Sep-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  03-Sep-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%

*2011 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
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