Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Feb 01, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, February 02, 2013 was estimated at 952.7 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.1 percent higher than a week ago and 4.3 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
3.3 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)
  02-Feb-13       495.5          2.3        452.2         2.7     952.7
  26-Jan-13       500.1          2.3        446.7         2.6     951.7
   Change:         -0.9%         0.0%         1.2%        3.8%      0.1%
  04-Feb-12       465.1          2.2        443.3         2.7     913.3
   Change:          6.5%         4.5%         2.0%        0.0%      4.3%
  2013 YTD       2294.9         10.9       2163.3        12.3    4481.4
  2012 YTD       2359.3         11.3       2248.9        13.2    4632.7
   Change:         -2.7%        -3.5%        -3.8%       -6.8%     -3.3%
(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
  02-Feb-13     621,000       16,000    2,176,000      38,000
  26-Jan-13     625,000       16,000    2,153,000      37,000
   Change:         -0.6%         0.0%         1.1%        2.7%
  04-Feb-12     591,000       15,000    2,131,000      36,000
   Change:          5.1%         6.7%         2.1%        5.6%
  2013 YTD    2,919,000       75,000   10,415,000     173,000
  2012 YTD    3,018,000       74,000   10,783,000     174,000
   Change:         -3.3%         0.8%        -3.4%       -0.7%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  02-Feb-13   Estimate          1331          247         277       142
  26-Jan-13   Estimate          1330          244         277       140
  04-Feb-12     Actual          1312          264         278       151
            Dressed:
  02-Feb-13   Estimate           800          144         208        71
  26-Jan-13   Estimate           802          143         208        70
  04-Feb-12     Actual           789          156         208        76
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  19-Jan-13       49.2%        27.0%        22.0%        1.7%
  21-Jan-12       47.2%        29.7%        21.5%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  19-Jan-13       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  21-Jan-12       97.1%                      2.6%                  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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