Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Mar 08, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 09, 2013 was estimated at 936 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 3.5 percent higher than a week ago and 1.4 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
2.6 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)
  09-Mar-13       474.9          2.3        455.8         3.0     936.0
  02-Mar-13       450.4          2.3        448.7         2.9     904.3
   Change:          5.4%         0.0%         1.6%        3.4%      3.5%
  10-Mar-12       498.9          2.3        445.3         3.0     949.5
   Change:         -4.8%         0.0%         2.4%        0.0%     -1.4%
  2013 YTD       4622.6         22.0       4374.8        26.1    9045.5
  2012 YTD       4762.5         22.8       4474.9        27.6    9287.8
   Change:         -2.9%        -3.5%        -2.2%       -5.4%     -2.6%
(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
  09-Mar-13     595,000       15,000    2,201,000      42,000
  02-Mar-13     563,000       15,000    2,168,000      41,000
   Change:          5.7%         0.0%         1.5%        2.4%
  10-Mar-12     632,000       14,000    2,133,000      40,000
   Change:         -5.9%         7.1%         3.2%        5.0%
  2013 YTD    5,830,000      147,000   21,106,000     366,000
  2012 YTD    6,066,000      145,000   21,457,000     363,000
   Change:         -3.9%         1.6%        -1.6%        0.8%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  09-Mar-13   Estimate          1324          259         277       144
  02-Mar-13   Estimate          1325          263         276       143
  10-Mar-12     Actual          1309          285         279       154
            Dressed:
  09-Mar-13   Estimate           800          151         207        72
  02-Mar-13   Estimate           802          155         207        72
  10-Mar-12     Actual           791          170         209        77
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  23-Feb-13       48.4%        29.0%        21.0%        1.7%
  25-Feb-12       48.5%        30.2%        19.7%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  23-Feb-13       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.4%
  25-Feb-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
        www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/SJ_LS712.txt
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