Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri May 10, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 11, 2013 was estimated at 929.4 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.0 percent lower than a week ago and 0.9 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
1.1 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)
  11-May-13       492.9          2.1        431.6         2.8     929.4
  04-May-13       488.7          2.1        435.9         3.1     929.8
   Change:          0.9%         0.0%        -1.0%       -9.7%      0.0%
  12-May-12       497.7          2.3        435.2         2.8     938.0
   Change:         -1.0%        -8.7%        -0.8%        0.0%     -0.9%
  2013 YTD       8939.9         40.2       8362.0        52.7   17394.8
  2012 YTD       9053.0         43.3       8431.5        54.2   17582.0
   Change:         -1.3%        -7.2%        -0.8%       -2.8%     -1.1%
(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
  11-May-13     631,000       13,000    2,078,000      39,000
  04-May-13     624,000       14,000    2,098,000      42,000
   Change:          1.1%        -7.1%        -1.0%       -7.1%
  12-May-12     641,000       13,000    2,089,000      36,000
   Change:         -1.6%         0.0%        -0.5%        8.3%
  2013 YTD   11,343,000      268,000   40,293,000     732,000
  2012 YTD   11,574,000      262,000   40,407,000     719,000
   Change:         -2.0%         2.1%        -0.3%        1.8%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  11-May-13   Estimate          1297          270         277       145
  04-May-13   Estimate          1300          262         277       147
  12-May-12     Actual          1279          299         278       157
            Dressed:
  11-May-13   Estimate           783          159         208        72
  04-May-13   Estimate           785          155         208        73
  12-May-12     Actual           778          179         208        78
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  27-Apr-13       50.0%        28.0%        20.2%        1.7%
  28-Apr-12       51.2%        28.9%        18.1%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  27-Apr-13       96.9%                      2.7%                  0.4%
  28-Apr-12       97.0%                      2.8%                  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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