Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Nov 30, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 01, 2012 was estimated at 1000.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 12.5 percent higher than a week ago and 1.4 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.1 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)
  01-Dec-12       502.8          2.1        492.4         2.8    1000.1
  24-Nov-12       461.8          1.8        423.4         2.0     889.0
   Change:          8.9%        16.7%        16.3%       40.0%     12.5%
  03-Dec-11       514.5          2.5        495.0         2.6    1014.6
   Change:         -2.3%       -16.0%        -0.5%        7.7%     -1.4%
  2012 YTD      23587.6        104.8      21193.8       135.3   45021.5
  2011 YTD      23964.6        116.7      20773.2       129.7   44984.2
   Change:         -1.6%       -10.2%         2.0%        4.3%      0.1%
(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
  01-Dec-12     635,000       15,000    2,399,000      40,000
  24-Nov-12     583,000       13,000    2,066,000      29,000
   Change:          8.9%        15.4%        16.1%       37.9%
  03-Dec-11     660,000       18,000    2,364,000      37,000
   Change:         -3.8%       -16.7%         1.5%        8.1%
  2012 YTD   29,945,000      689,000  103,119,000   1,837,000
  2011 YTD   31,115,000      774,000  101,167,000   1,845,000
   Change:         -3.8%       -10.9%         1.9%       -0.4%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  01-Dec-12   Estimate          1321          244         276       140
  24-Nov-12   Estimate          1320          243         275       137
  03-Dec-11     Actual          1304          244         280       142
            Dressed:
  01-Dec-12   Estimate           794          143         205        70
  24-Nov-12   Estimate           794          142         205        68
  03-Dec-11     Actual           781          144         210        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  17-Nov-12       47.7%        27.8%        22.7%        1.8%
  19-Nov-11       46.5%        28.0%        23.5%        2.0%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  17-Nov-12       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  19-Nov-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  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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