Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Dec 27, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 28, 2013 was estimated at 740.8 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 25.8 percent lower than a week ago and 1.4 percent lower
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)
  28-Dec-13       344.9          1.6        392.2         2.1     740.8
  21-Dec-13       493.5          2.2        499.9         2.6     998.2
   Change:        -30.1%       -27.3%       -21.5%      -19.2%    -25.8%
  29-Dec-12       382.7          1.7        364.7         2.2     751.3
   Change:         -9.9%        -5.9%         7.5%       -4.5%     -1.4%
  2013 YTD      25156.9        107.3      22863.4       143.5   48271.1
  2012 YTD      25503.2        114.3      23014.9       146.9   48779.3
   Change:         -1.4%        -6.1%        -0.7%       -2.3%     -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
  28-Dec-13     429,000       11,000    1,843,000      31,000
  21-Dec-13     613,000       15,000    2,353,000      39,000
   Change:        -30.0%       -26.7%       -21.7%      -20.5%
  29-Dec-12     477,000       12,000    1,764,000      33,000
   Change:        -10.1%        -8.3%         4.5%       -6.1%
  2013 YTD   31,706,000      740,000  110,410,000   2,087,000
  2012 YTD   32,337,000      754,000  111,899,000   2,005,000
   Change:         -2.0%        -1.8%        -1.3%        4.1%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  28-Dec-13   Estimate          1338          248         284       133
  21-Dec-13   Estimate          1341          249         283       132
  29-Dec-12     Actual          1328          246         276       135
            Dressed:
  28-Dec-13   Estimate           806          146         213        67
  21-Dec-13   Estimate           807          146         212        66
  29-Dec-12     Actual           805          144         207        67
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  14-Dec-13       51.1%        27.4%        19.6%        1.5%
  15-Dec-12       48.8%        27.2%        22.2%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  14-Dec-13       97.1%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  15-Dec-12       96.8%                      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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