Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Oct 25, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, October 26, 2013 was estimated at 964.6 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.4 percent lower than a week ago and 3.8 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
1.1 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)
  26-Oct-13       494.1          2.1        466.1         2.3     964.6
  19-Oct-13       492.4          2.0        471.6         2.5     968.5
   Change:          0.4%         5.0%        -1.2%       -8.0%     -0.4%
  27-Oct-12       512.8          2.2        484.2         3.1    1002.3
   Change:         -3.6%        -4.5%        -3.7%      -25.8%     -3.8%
  2013 YTD      20916.9         88.1      18576.7       119.2   39700.9
  2012 YTD      21115.0         94.3      18823.3       122.3   40154.9
   Change:         -0.9%        -6.6%        -1.3%       -2.5%     -1.1%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.      (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2013 totals are subject to revision
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                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  26-Oct-13     618,000       15,000    2,262,000      37,000
  19-Oct-13     617,000       15,000    2,297,000      40,000
   Change:          0.2%         0.0%        -1.5%       -7.5%
  27-Oct-12     646,000       16,000    2,369,000      46,000
   Change:         -4.3%        -6.3%        -4.5%      -19.6%
  2013 YTD   26,430,000      611,000   90,277,000   1,724,000
  2012 YTD   26,822,000      614,000   91,566,000   1,650,000
   Change:         -1.5%        -0.5%        -1.4%        4.5%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  26-Oct-13   Estimate          1323          234         275       127
  19-Oct-13   Estimate          1320          231         274       128
  27-Oct-12     Actual          1322          245         275       132
            Dressed:
  26-Oct-13   Estimate           801          138         206        64
  19-Oct-13   Estimate           800          136         205        64
  27-Oct-12     Actual           796          143         204        66
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  12-Oct-13       49.5%        30.4%        18.2%        1.9%
  13-Oct-12       49.6%        27.6%        21.0%        1.8%

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

*2012 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
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