Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Nov 23, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, November 24, 2012 was estimated at 890 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 9.9 percent lower than a week ago and 1.9 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.1 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)
  24-Nov-12       461.8          1.8        424.4         2.0     890.0
  17-Nov-12       499.9          2.1        483.5         2.8     988.3
   Change:         -7.6%       -14.3%       -12.2%      -28.6%     -9.9%
  26-Nov-11       438.2          2.2        430.4         2.3     873.1
   Change:          5.4%       -18.2%        -1.4%      -13.0%      1.9%
  2012 YTD      23087.4        102.5      20698.5       132.5   44020.9
  2011 YTD      23450.1        114.2      20278.2       127.1   43969.6
   Change:         -1.6%       -10.3%         2.1%        4.3%      0.1%
(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
  24-Nov-12     583,000       13,000    2,071,000      29,000
  17-Nov-12     629,000       15,000    2,366,000      40,000
   Change:         -7.3%       -13.3%       -12.5%      -27.5%
  26-Nov-11     561,000       15,000    2,071,000      33,000
   Change:          3.9%       -13.3%         0.0%      -12.1%
  2012 YTD   29,312,000      673,000  100,717,000   1,798,000
  2011 YTD   30,455,000      756,000   98,803,000   1,808,000
   Change:         -3.8%       -11.0%         1.9%       -0.5%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  24-Nov-12   Estimate          1320          243         275       137
  17-Nov-12   Estimate          1322          240         275       138
  26-Nov-11     Actual          1303          257         278       140
            Dressed:
  24-Nov-12   Estimate           794          142         205        68
  17-Nov-12   Estimate           797          141         204        69
  26-Nov-11     Actual           783          152         208        70
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  10-Nov-12       47.5%        27.6%        23.0%        1.9%
  12-Nov-11       45.6%        28.8%        23.7%        2.0%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  10-Nov-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  12-Nov-11       97.0%                      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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