Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri May 30, 2014          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 31, 2014 was estimated at 804.8 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 10.9 percent lower than a week ago and 6.5 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
3.5 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)
  31-May-14       422.4          1.7        378.2         2.5     804.8
  24-May-14       471.9          1.9        427.0         2.9     903.7
   Change:        -10.5%       -10.5%       -11.4%      -13.8%    -10.9%
  01-Jun-13       468.9          1.8        387.1         2.5     860.3
   Change:         -9.9%        -5.6%        -2.3%        0.0%     -6.5%
  2014 YTD       9843.6         41.7       9507.1        61.9   19454.3
  2013 YTD      10455.2         45.8       9590.9        61.5   20153.5
   Change:         -5.9%        -9.0%        -0.9%        0.7%     -3.5%
(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
  31-May-14     537,000       10,000    1,750,000      34,000
  24-May-14     599,000       11,000    1,973,000      39,000
   Change:        -10.4%        -9.1%       -11.3%      -12.8%
  01-Jun-13     595,000       12,000    1,873,000      36,000
   Change:         -9.7%       -16.7%        -6.6%       -5.6%
  2014 YTD   12,390,000      260,000   44,318,000     871,000
  2013 YTD   13,242,000      304,000   46,275,000     861,000
   Change:         -6.4%       -14.5%        -4.2%        1.2%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  31-May-14   Estimate          1300          283         287       147
  24-May-14   Estimate          1302          287         288       148
  01-Jun-13     Actual          1299          252         276       141
            Dressed:
  31-May-14   Estimate           788          167         216        74
  24-May-14   Estimate           789          170         217        74
  01-Jun-13     Actual           789          149         207        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  17-May-14       54.4%        26.8%        17.1%        1.8%
  18-May-13       50.9%        28.2%        19.1%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  17-May-14       97.0%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  18-May-13       96.9%                      2.7%                  0.4%

*2013 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
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