Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Oct 19, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, October 20, 2012 was estimated at 994.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.2 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)
  20-Oct-12       505.9          2.0        483.4         2.8     994.1
  13-Oct-12       502.4          2.1        484.5         2.8     991.8
   Change:          0.7%        -4.8%        -0.2%        0.0%      0.2%
  22-Oct-11       509.7          2.5        476.4         2.7     991.3
   Change:         -0.7%       -20.0%         1.5%        3.7%      0.3%
  2012 YTD      20596.2         91.8      18335.3       119.1   39142.4
  2011 YTD      21010.2        102.0      17911.5       113.8   39137.5
   Change:         -2.0%       -10.0%         2.4%        4.7%      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
  20-Oct-12     634,000       15,000    2,388,000      39,000
  13-Oct-12     631,000       15,000    2,396,000      39,000
   Change:          0.5%         0.0%        -0.3%        0.0%
  22-Oct-11     655,000       17,000    2,312,000      39,000
   Change:         -3.2%       -11.8%         3.3%        0.0%
  2012 YTD   26,170,000      597,000   89,211,000   1,602,000
  2011 YTD   27,302,000      674,000   87,400,000   1,613,000
   Change:         -4.1%       -11.5%         2.1%       -0.7%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  20-Oct-12   Estimate          1320          233         272       145
  13-Oct-12   Estimate          1316          235         271       147
  22-Oct-11     Actual          1293          243         276       139
            Dressed:
  20-Oct-12   Estimate           800          137         202        72
  13-Oct-12   Estimate           798          138         202        73
  22-Oct-11     Actual           781          143         206        69
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  06-Oct-12       50.5%        27.0%        20.8%        1.8%
  08-Oct-11       48.1%        29.1%        21.1%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  06-Oct-12       96.9%                      2.9%                  0.2%
  08-Oct-11       97.1%                      2.7%                  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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