Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Dec 20, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 21, 2013 was estimated at 998.2 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.2 percent higher than a week ago and 0.3 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
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)
  21-Dec-13       493.5          2.2        499.9         2.6     998.2
  14-Dec-13       489.6          2.2        491.5         2.8     986.1
   Change:          0.8%         0.0%         1.7%       -7.1%      1.2%
  22-Dec-12       503.9          2.5        485.6         3.1     995.1
   Change:         -2.1%       -12.0%         2.9%      -16.1%      0.3%
  2013 YTD      24814.3        105.6      22468.3       141.3   47529.5
  2012 YTD      25120.5        112.6      22650.2       144.7   48028.0
   Change:         -1.2%        -6.2%        -0.8%       -2.4%     -1.0%
(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
  21-Dec-13     613,000       15,000    2,353,000      39,000
  14-Dec-13     608,000       15,000    2,318,000      42,000
   Change:          0.8%         0.0%         1.5%       -7.1%
  22-Dec-12     632,000       17,000    2,358,000      45,000
   Change:         -3.0%       -11.8%        -0.2%      -13.3%
  2013 YTD   31,278,000      729,000  108,564,000   2,055,000
  2012 YTD   31,860,000      742,000  110,135,000   1,972,000
   Change:         -1.8%        -1.7%        -1.4%        4.2%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  21-Dec-13   Estimate          1341          249         283       132
  14-Dec-13   Estimate          1344          256         283       131
  22-Dec-12     Actual          1326          259         275       135
            Dressed:
  21-Dec-13   Estimate           807          146         212        66
  14-Dec-13   Estimate           807          150         212        66
  22-Dec-12     Actual           800          153         206        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  07-Dec-13       49.2%        28.8%        20.2%        1.7%
  08-Dec-12       47.2%        27.8%        23.0%        2.0%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  07-Dec-13       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  08-Dec-12       96.9%                      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.lpgmn@ams.usda.gov
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