Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO           Fri May 16, 2014           USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 17, 2014 was estimated at 903.5 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.2 percent lower than a week ago and 3.3 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
3.3 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)
   17-May-14       465.7          1.9         433.0          2.9     903.5
   10-May-14       474.0          2.1         435.8          2.6     914.5
    Change:         -1.8%        -9.5%         -0.6%        11.5%     -1.2%
   18-May-13       508.9          2.0         420.3          3.1     934.3
    Change:         -8.5%        -5.0%          3.0%        -6.5%     -3.3%
   2014 YTD       8948.1         38.6        8706.4         56.0   17749.1
   2013 YTD       9474.5         41.9        8778.2         56.0   18350.7
    Change:         -5.6%        -7.9%         -0.8%         0.1%     -3.3%
(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/Vealer      Hogs    Sheep/Lambs
   17-May-14     591,000       11,000     1,999,000       41,000
   10-May-14     600,000       12,000     2,016,000       38,000
    Change:         -1.5%        -8.3%         -0.8%         7.9%
   18-May-13     654,000       12,000     2,037,000       42,000
    Change:         -9.6%        -8.3%         -1.9%        -2.4%
   2014 YTD   11,250,000      241,000    40,605,000      795,000
   2013 YTD   11,993,000      279,000    42,329,000      783,000
    Change:         -6.2%       -13.7%         -4.1%         1.6%
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                                      Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending  Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealerss    Hogs    Sheep/Lambs
   17-May-14   Estimate          1304           293          288       141
   10-May-14   Estimate          1310           294          288       138
   18-May-13     Actual          1286           272          276       147
             Dressed:
   17-May-14   Estimate           790           173          217        71
   10-May-14   Estimate           792           174          216        69
   18-May-13     Actual           780           161          206        74
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            Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending     Steers      Heifers        Cows            Bulls
   03-May-14       53.0%        28.5%         16.8%         1.8%
   04-May-13       50.0%        27.9%         20.3%         1.8%

            Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending  Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                  Boars
   03-May-14       97.0%                       2.6%                   0.3%
   04-May-13       97.2%                       2.5%                   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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