Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Apr 11, 2014          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, April 12, 2014 was estimated at 891.7 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.2 percent lower than a week ago and 2.3 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)
  12-Apr-14       453.7          2.1        432.6         3.3     891.7
  05-Apr-14       463.1          2.1        434.1         2.8     902.1
   Change:         -2.0%         0.0%        -0.4%       17.9%     -1.2%
  13-Apr-13       476.6          2.0        431.7         2.8     913.1
   Change:         -4.8%         5.0%         0.2%       17.9%     -2.3%
  2014 YTD       6614.6         29.4       6535.2        40.5   13219.7
  2013 YTD       7026.6         32.0       6604.5        41.2   13704.4
   Change:         -5.9%        -8.1%        -1.1%       -1.6%     -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
  12-Apr-14     573,000       13,000    2,020,000      46,000
  05-Apr-14     583,000       13,000    2,030,000      40,000
   Change:         -1.7%         0.0%        -0.5%       15.0%
  13-Apr-13     607,000       13,000    2,078,000      38,000
   Change:         -5.6%         0.0%        -2.8%       21.1%
  2014 YTD    8,288,000      189,000   30,601,000     574,000
  2013 YTD    8,848,000      217,000   31,832,000     573,000
   Change:         -6.3%       -12.7%        -3.9%        0.2%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  12-Apr-14   Estimate          1319          271         285       142
  05-Apr-14   Estimate          1324          274         285       142
  13-Apr-13     Actual          1301          263         277       148
            Dressed:
  12-Apr-14   Estimate           794          160         214        71
  05-Apr-14   Estimate           796          162         214        71
  13-Apr-13     Actual           787          155         208        74
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  29-Mar-14       48.9%        29.9%        19.1%        2.0%
  30-Mar-13       48.5%        29.7%        20.1%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  29-Mar-14       96.9%                      2.7%                  0.4%
  30-Mar-13       97.1%                      2.6%                  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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