Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Mar 28, 2014          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 29, 2014 was estimated at 904.7 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.6 percent higher than a week ago and 2.6 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
3.9 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)
  29-Mar-14       465.4          2.1        434.2         3.0     904.7
  22-Mar-14       458.3          2.1        435.6         3.0     899.0
   Change:          1.6%         0.0%        -0.3%        0.0%      0.6%
  30-Mar-13       470.1          2.0        453.6         3.0     928.7
   Change:         -1.0%         5.0%        -4.3%        0.0%     -2.6%
  2014 YTD       5698.4         25.5       5666.5        34.2   11424.6
  2013 YTD       6081.7         28.0       5736.9        35.7   11882.4
   Change:         -6.3%        -9.0%        -1.2%       -4.1%     -3.9%
(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
  29-Mar-14     585,000       13,000    2,033,000      43,000
  22-Mar-14     575,000       13,000    2,042,000      43,000
   Change:          1.7%         0.0%        -0.4%        0.0%
  30-Mar-13     598,000       14,000    2,187,000      44,000
   Change:         -2.2%        -7.1%        -7.0%       -2.3%
  2014 YTD    7,126,000      165,000   26,558,000     488,000
  2013 YTD    7,644,000      190,000   27,658,000     499,000
   Change:         -6.8%       -13.1%        -4.0%       -2.1%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  29-Mar-14   Estimate          1327          273         285       142
  22-Mar-14   Estimate          1330          273         284       141
  30-Mar-13     Actual          1308          244         277       136
            Dressed:
  29-Mar-14   Estimate           797          161         214        71
  22-Mar-14   Estimate           799          161         213        71
  30-Mar-13     Actual           788          143         207        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  15-Mar-14       48.5%        30.1%        19.5%        1.8%
  16-Mar-13       47.0%        30.9%        20.4%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  15-Mar-14       96.8%                      2.8%                  0.4%
  16-Mar-13       96.9%                      2.8%                  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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