Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Oct 26, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, October 27, 2012 was estimated at 999.4 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.5 percent higher than a week ago and 0.5 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0 percent higher compared to the previous year.

                        Meat Production (millions of pounds)
                             (excludes condemned)
Week Ending       Beef     Calf/Veal     Pork (2) Lamb/Mutton  Totals (3)
  27-Oct-12       511.4          2.1        482.7         3.2     999.4
  20-Oct-12       505.9          2.0        483.4         2.8     994.1
   Change:          1.1%         5.0%        -0.1%       14.3%      0.5%
  29-Oct-11       522.8          2.5        476.2         2.6    1004.1
   Change:         -2.2%       -16.0%         1.4%       23.1%     -0.5%
  2012 YTD      21109.7         94.0      18819.6       122.3   40145.6
  2011 YTD      21533.0        104.5      18387.7       116.4   40141.6
   Change:         -2.0%       -10.1%         2.4%        5.1%      0.0%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.      (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2012 totals are subject to revision
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  27-Oct-12     641,000       15,000    2,379,000      44,000
  20-Oct-12     634,000       15,000    2,388,000      39,000
   Change:          1.1%         0.0%        -0.4%       12.8%
  29-Oct-11     672,000       17,000    2,308,000      39,000
   Change:         -4.6%       -11.8%         3.1%       12.8%
  2012 YTD   26,813,000      612,000   91,582,000   1,646,000
  2011 YTD   27,975,000      691,000   89,708,000   1,651,000
   Change:         -4.2%       -11.5%         2.1%       -0.3%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  27-Oct-12   Estimate          1321          235         272       145
  20-Oct-12   Estimate          1320          233         272       145
  29-Oct-11     Actual          1294          253         277       137
            Dressed:
  27-Oct-12   Estimate           800          138         203        72
  20-Oct-12   Estimate           800          137         202        72
  29-Oct-11     Actual           780          148         206        68
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  13-Oct-12       49.6%        27.6%        21.0%        1.8%
  15-Oct-11       48.7%        29.3%        20.3%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  13-Oct-12       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  15-Oct-11       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%

*2011 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
        816-676-7000    e-mail stjoe.lgmn@ams.usda.gov
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