Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Mar 29, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 30, 2013 was estimated at 933.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.1 percent lower than a week ago and 1.7 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
1.9 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)
  30-Mar-13       474.2          2.2        453.6         3.3     933.3
  23-Mar-13       476.9          2.1        451.7         3.4     934.1
   Change:         -0.6%         4.8%         0.4%       -2.9%     -0.1%
  31-Mar-12       469.2          2.3        443.4         3.0     917.9
   Change:          1.1%        -4.3%         2.3%       10.0%      1.7%
  2013 YTD       6050.0         28.2       5737.0        36.1   11851.3
  2012 YTD       6193.5         29.5       5819.3        37.0   12079.3
   Change:         -2.3%        -4.4%        -1.4%       -2.4%     -1.9%
(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
  30-Mar-13     599,000       15,000    2,184,000      45,000
  23-Mar-13     601,000       15,000    2,176,000      46,000
   Change:         -0.3%         0.0%         0.4%       -2.2%
  31-Mar-12     602,000       14,000    2,126,000      42,000
   Change:         -0.5%         7.1%         2.7%        7.1%
  2013 YTD    7,642,000      191,000   27,652,000     500,000
  2012 YTD    7,890,000      184,000   27,894,000     488,000
   Change:         -3.1%         3.6%        -0.9%        2.4%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  30-Mar-13   Estimate          1318          252         277       145
  23-Mar-13   Estimate          1319          247         277       146
  31-Mar-12     Actual          1289          283         279       143
            Dressed:
  30-Mar-13   Estimate           794          148         208        73
  23-Mar-13   Estimate           796          144         208        73
  31-Mar-12     Actual           781          168         209        72
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  16-Mar-13       47.0%        30.9%        20.4%        1.7%
  17-Mar-12       48.5%        31.0%        18.7%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  16-Mar-13       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%
  17-Mar-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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