Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Oct 05, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, October 06, 2012 was estimated at 975 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.1 percent lower than a week ago and 2.8 percent lower
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)
  06-Oct-12       493.3          2.1        476.7         2.9     975.0
  29-Sep-12       516.3          2.2        474.0         3.0     995.5
   Change:         -4.5%        -4.5%         0.6%       -3.3%     -2.1%
  08-Oct-11       521.2          2.4        477.3         2.6    1003.5
   Change:         -5.4%       -12.5%        -0.1%       11.5%     -2.8%
  2012 YTD      19581.9         87.8      17366.6       113.5   37149.8
  2011 YTD      19994.0         97.2      16959.7       108.5   37159.4
   Change:         -2.1%        -9.7%         2.4%        4.6%      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
  06-Oct-12     620,000       15,000    2,355,000      40,000
  29-Sep-12     651,000       15,000    2,345,000      41,000
   Change:         -4.8%         0.0%         0.4%       -2.4%
  08-Oct-11     669,000       17,000    2,335,000      38,000
   Change:         -7.3%       -11.8%         0.9%        5.3%
  2012 YTD   24,904,000      566,000   84,430,000   1,523,000
  2011 YTD   25,997,000      640,000   82,770,000   1,537,000
   Change:         -4.2%       -11.6%         2.0%       -0.9%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  06-Oct-12   Estimate          1313          235         271       148
  29-Sep-12   Estimate          1308          243         270       148
  08-Oct-11     Actual          1290          249         274       136
            Dressed:
  06-Oct-12   Estimate           797          138         202        74
  29-Sep-12   Estimate           794          143         202        74
  08-Oct-11     Actual           781          147         205        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  22-Sep-12       50.3%        27.3%        20.6%        1.9%
  24-Sep-11       48.0%        27.7%        22.4%        1.9%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  22-Sep-12       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  24-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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