Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Dec 07, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 08, 2012 was estimated at 998.5 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.2 percent lower than a week ago and 0.8 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)
  08-Dec-12       507.2          2.1        486.2         3.0     998.5
  01-Dec-12       502.8          2.1        492.4         2.8    1000.1
   Change:          0.9%         0.0%        -1.3%        7.1%     -0.2%
  10-Dec-11       500.5          2.3        485.0         2.8     990.6
   Change:          1.3%        -8.7%         0.2%        7.1%      0.8%
  2012 YTD      24096.6        107.1      21682.4       138.4   46024.5
  2011 YTD      24465.1        119.0      21258.2       132.5   45974.8
   Change:         -1.5%       -10.0%         2.0%        4.5%      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
  08-Dec-12     639,000       15,000    2,364,000      44,000
  01-Dec-12     635,000       15,000    2,399,000      40,000
   Change:          0.6%         0.0%        -1.5%       10.0%
  10-Dec-11     646,000       16,000    2,328,000      39,000
   Change:         -1.1%        -6.3%         1.5%       12.8%
  2012 YTD   30,582,000      705,000  105,482,000   1,883,000
  2011 YTD   31,762,000      790,000  103,495,000   1,884,000
   Change:         -3.7%       -10.7%         1.9%       -0.1%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  08-Dec-12   Estimate          1321          245         276       139
  01-Dec-12   Estimate          1321          244         276       140
  10-Dec-11     Actual          1298          248         279       143
            Dressed:
  08-Dec-12   Estimate           795          144         206        70
  01-Dec-12   Estimate           794          143         205        70
  10-Dec-11     Actual           777          146         208        72
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  24-Nov-12       48.5%        29.6%        20.3%        1.7%
  26-Nov-11       48.9%        28.7%        20.8%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  24-Nov-12       97.6%                      2.1%                  0.3%
  26-Nov-11       97.7%                      2.1%                  0.2%

*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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