Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jan 04, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, January 05, 2013 was estimated at 825.6 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 10.3 percent higher than a week ago and 5.5 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
21.5 percent lower compared to the previous year.

                        Meat Production (millions of pounds)
                             (excludes condemned)
Week Ending       Beef     Calf/Veal     Pork (2) Lamb/Mutton  Totals (3)
  05-Jan-13       413.6          1.9        408.0         2.1     825.6
  29-Dec-12       381.5          1.6        363.2         2.2     748.5
   Change:          8.4%        18.8%        12.3%       -4.5%     10.3%
  07-Jan-12       436.8          2.1        432.6         2.4     873.9
   Change:         -5.3%        -9.5%        -5.7%      -12.5%     -5.5%
  2013 YTD        348.3          1.5        334.3         1.6     685.7
  2012 YTD        436.8          2.1        432.6         2.4     873.9
   Change:        -20.3%       -28.6%       -22.7%      -33.3%    -21.5%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.      (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2013 totals are subject to revision
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                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  05-Jan-13     519,000       13,000    1,975,000      30,000
  29-Dec-12     479,000       11,000    1,755,000      32,000
   Change:          8.4%        18.2%        12.5%       -6.3%
  07-Jan-12     561,000       14,000    2,064,000      32,000
   Change:         -7.5%        -7.1%        -4.3%       -6.3%
  2013 YTD      437,000       10,000    1,618,000      23,000
  2012 YTD      561,000       14,000    2,064,000      32,000
   Change:        -22.1%       -29.8%       -21.6%      -27.8%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  05-Jan-13   Estimate          1326          253         277       138
  29-Dec-12   Estimate          1327          245         277       140
  07-Jan-12     Actual          1305          249         280       148
            Dressed:
  05-Jan-13   Estimate           799          149         207        69
  29-Dec-12   Estimate           798          144         207        70
  07-Jan-12     Actual           781          147         210        74
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  22-Dec-12       48.7%        27.9%        21.7%        1.8%
  24-Dec-11       49.1%        27.4%        21.9%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  22-Dec-12       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  24-Dec-11       97.2%                      2.5%                  0.3%

*2012 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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