Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Apr 19, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, April 20, 2013 was estimated at 933 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.0 percent higher than a week ago and 3.1 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
1.3 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)
  20-Apr-13       484.3          2.2        443.9         2.6     933.0
  13-Apr-13       478.5          2.2        431.9         2.5     915.1
   Change:          1.2%         0.0%         2.8%        4.0%      2.0%
  21-Apr-12       464.9          2.4        435.1         2.7     905.1
   Change:          4.2%        -8.3%         2.0%       -3.7%      3.1%
  2013 YTD       7478.2         34.4       7048.6        43.5   14604.7
  2012 YTD       7595.0         36.3       7126.8        45.7   14803.8
   Change:         -1.5%        -5.2%        -1.1%       -4.8%     -1.3%
(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
  20-Apr-13     615,000       15,000    2,139,000      37,000
  13-Apr-13     606,000       15,000    2,082,000      36,000
   Change:          1.5%         0.0%         2.7%        2.8%
  21-Apr-12     599,000       14,000    2,082,000      35,000
   Change:          2.7%         7.1%         2.7%        5.7%
  2013 YTD    9,462,000      234,000   33,975,000     608,000
  2012 YTD    9,690,000      224,000   34,152,000     611,000
   Change:         -2.4%         4.6%        -0.5%       -0.4%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  20-Apr-13   Estimate          1310          248         277       142
  13-Apr-13   Estimate          1314          252         277       140
  21-Apr-12     Actual          1285          298         279       158
            Dressed:
  20-Apr-13   Estimate           789          146         207        71
  13-Apr-13   Estimate           791          148         207        70
  21-Apr-12     Actual           778          178         209        79
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  06-Apr-13       47.2%        30.4%        20.7%        1.7%
  07-Apr-12       48.0%        31.7%        18.6%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  06-Apr-13       96.8%                      2.9%                  0.4%
  07-Apr-12       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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