Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jan 03, 2014          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, January 04, 2014 was estimated at 849.4 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 14.7 percent higher than a week ago and 2.1 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
28.6 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)
  04-Jan-14       417.9          1.8        427.3         2.4     849.4
  28-Dec-13       344.9          1.6        392.2         2.1     740.8
   Change:         21.2%        12.5%         9.0%       14.3%     14.7%
  05-Jan-13       417.3          2.0        410.3         2.3     831.9
   Change:          0.1%       -10.0%         4.1%        4.3%      2.1%
  2014 YTD        233.4          0.9        256.7         1.1     492.1
  2013 YTD        350.0          1.6        335.5         1.8     689.0
   Change:        -33.3%       -44.0%       -23.5%      -38.0%    -28.6%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.      (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2014 totals are subject to revision
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                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  04-Jan-14     521,000       12,000    2,011,000      36,000
  28-Dec-13     429,000       11,000    1,843,000      32,000
   Change:         21.4%         9.1%         9.1%       12.5%
  05-Jan-13     519,000       14,000    1,972,000      32,000
   Change:          0.4%       -14.3%         2.0%       12.5%
  2014 YTD      291,000        6,000    1,208,000      17,000
  2013 YTD      436,000       12,000    1,612,000      24,000
   Change:        -33.2%       -48.2%       -25.1%      -30.4%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  04-Jan-14   Estimate          1337          252         283       133
  28-Dec-13   Estimate          1338          248         284       133
  05-Jan-13     Actual          1333          232         278       143
            Dressed:
  04-Jan-14   Estimate           804          149         213        67
  28-Dec-13   Estimate           806          146         213        67
  05-Jan-13     Actual           805          136         208        72
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  21-Dec-13       50.4%        28.6%        19.3%        1.7%
  22-Dec-12       48.7%        27.9%        21.7%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  21-Dec-13       97.1%                      2.5%                  0.3%
  22-Dec-12       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%

*2013 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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