Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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SJ_LS712
St Joseph, MO          Fri Sep 28, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, September 29, 2012 was estimated at 995.5 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.0 percent higher than a week ago and 0.7 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)
  29-Sep-12       516.3          2.2        474.0         3.0     995.5
  22-Sep-12       495.9          2.2        484.6         3.0     985.7
   Change:          4.1%         0.0%        -2.2%        0.0%      1.0%
  01-Oct-11       524.9          2.4        458.5         2.5     988.3
   Change:         -1.6%        -8.3%         3.4%       20.0%      0.7%
  2012 YTD      19085.4         85.8      16888.8       110.6   36170.6
  2011 YTD      19472.8         94.8      16482.4       105.9   36155.9
   Change:         -2.0%        -9.5%         2.5%        4.4%      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
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  29-Sep-12     651,000       15,000    2,345,000      41,000
  22-Sep-12     626,000       15,000    2,401,000      41,000
   Change:          4.0%         0.0%        -2.3%        0.0%
  01-Oct-11     679,000       17,000    2,253,000      36,000
   Change:         -4.1%       -11.8%         4.1%       13.9%
  2012 YTD   24,284,000      550,000   82,074,000   1,483,000
  2011 YTD   25,328,000      624,000   80,434,000   1,499,000
   Change:         -4.1%       -11.8%         2.0%       -1.1%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  29-Sep-12   Estimate          1308          243         270       148
  22-Sep-12   Estimate          1306          242         270       148
  01-Oct-11     Actual          1285          244         273       139
            Dressed:
  29-Sep-12   Estimate           794          143         202        74
  22-Sep-12   Estimate           793          143         202        74
  01-Oct-11     Actual           776          144         204        69
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  15-Sep-12       48.8%        29.8%        19.6%        1.7%
  17-Sep-11       48.2%        27.6%        22.3%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  15-Sep-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  17-Sep-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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