Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Oct 12, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, October 13, 2012 was estimated at 989.4 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.5 percent higher than a week ago and 0.3 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)
  13-Oct-12       500.0          2.1        484.5         2.8     989.4
  06-Oct-12       493.3          2.1        476.7         3.0     975.1
   Change:          1.4%         0.0%         1.6%       -6.7%      1.5%
  15-Oct-11       506.5          2.3        475.4         2.6     986.8
   Change:         -1.3%        -8.7%         1.9%        7.7%      0.3%
  2012 YTD      20082.6         89.8      17850.3       116.4   38139.1
  2011 YTD      20500.5         99.5      17435.1       111.1   38146.2
   Change:         -2.0%        -9.8%         2.4%        4.8%      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
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  13-Oct-12     628,000       15,000    2,396,000      39,000
  06-Oct-12     620,000       15,000    2,355,000      41,000
   Change:          1.3%         0.0%         1.7%       -4.9%
  15-Oct-11     650,000       17,000    2,318,000      37,000
   Change:         -3.4%       -11.8%         3.4%        5.4%
  2012 YTD   25,530,000      581,000   86,822,000   1,564,000
  2011 YTD   26,648,000      657,000   85,088,000   1,574,000
   Change:         -4.2%       -11.6%         2.0%       -0.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  13-Oct-12   Estimate          1316          235         271       147
  06-Oct-12   Estimate          1313          235         271       148
  15-Oct-11     Actual          1290          241         275       139
            Dressed:
  13-Oct-12   Estimate           798          138         202        73
  06-Oct-12   Estimate           797          138         202        74
  15-Oct-11     Actual           781          141         205        69
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  29-Sep-12       48.6%        29.2%        20.3%        1.8%
  01-Oct-11       47.5%        29.1%        21.5%        1.9%

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