Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Dec 14, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 15, 2012 was estimated at 983.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.5 percent lower than a week ago and 0.6 percent lower
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)
  15-Dec-12       503.0          2.1        475.0         3.0     983.1
  08-Dec-12       507.2          2.1        486.2         3.0     998.5
   Change:         -0.8%         0.0%        -2.3%        0.0%     -1.5%
  17-Dec-11       496.7          2.6        487.1         3.0     989.4
   Change:          1.3%       -19.2%        -2.5%        0.0%     -0.6%
  2012 YTD      24606.1        109.5      22161.5       141.4   47018.5
  2011 YTD      24961.8        121.6      21745.3       135.5   46964.2
   Change:         -1.4%       -10.0%         1.9%        4.4%      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
  15-Dec-12     632,000       15,000    2,304,000      43,000
  08-Dec-12     639,000       15,000    2,364,000      44,000
   Change:         -1.1%         0.0%        -2.5%       -2.3%
  17-Dec-11     644,000       17,000    2,349,000      42,000
   Change:         -1.9%       -11.8%        -1.9%        2.4%
  2012 YTD   31,218,000      722,000  107,785,000   1,925,000
  2011 YTD   32,406,000      807,000  105,845,000   1,926,000
   Change:         -3.7%       -10.5%         1.8%       -0.1%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  15-Dec-12   Estimate          1325          241         276       140
  08-Dec-12   Estimate          1321          245         276       139
  17-Dec-11     Actual          1295          255         278       142
            Dressed:
  15-Dec-12   Estimate           797          142         206        71
  08-Dec-12   Estimate           795          144         206        70
  17-Dec-11     Actual           773          150         207        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  01-Dec-12       47.4%        28.4%        22.4%        1.8%
  03-Dec-11       50.2%        26.3%        21.7%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  01-Dec-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  03-Dec-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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