Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Sep 21, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, September 22, 2012 was estimated at 984.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.2 percent lower than a week ago and 0.5 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)
  22-Sep-12       493.5          2.2        485.6         3.0     984.3
  15-Sep-12       511.9          2.3        488.7         3.2    1006.1
   Change:         -3.6%        -4.3%        -0.6%       -6.3%     -2.2%
  24-Sep-11       509.8          2.5        464.8         2.7     979.8
   Change:         -3.2%       -12.0%         4.5%       11.1%      0.5%
  2012 YTD      18561.7         83.6      16413.5       107.7   35166.5
  2011 YTD      18947.9         92.4      16023.9       103.4   35167.6
   Change:         -2.0%        -9.5%         2.4%        4.2%      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
  22-Sep-12     623,000       15,000    2,406,000      41,000
  15-Sep-12     647,000       16,000    2,428,000      44,000
   Change:         -3.7%        -6.3%        -0.9%       -6.8%
  24-Sep-11     662,000       17,000    2,292,000      40,000
   Change:         -5.9%       -11.8%         5.0%        2.5%
  2012 YTD   23,626,000      534,000   79,735,000   1,443,000
  2011 YTD   24,649,000      606,000   78,181,000   1,463,000
   Change:         -4.2%       -11.9%         2.0%       -1.3%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  22-Sep-12   Estimate          1306          242         270       148
  15-Sep-12   Estimate          1302          244         269       144
  24-Sep-11     Actual          1281          260         272       136
            Dressed:
  22-Sep-12   Estimate           793          143         202        74
  15-Sep-12   Estimate           793          145         201        72
  24-Sep-11     Actual           773          153         203        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  08-Sep-12       50.8%        27.7%        19.7%        1.8%
  10-Sep-11       49.5%        27.7%        21.0%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  08-Sep-12       97.2%                      2.6%                  0.2%
  10-Sep-11       97.2%                      2.5%                  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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