Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Nov 16, 2012          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, November 17, 2012 was estimated at 988.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.1 percent lower than a week ago and 0.1 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)
  17-Nov-12       499.9          2.1        483.5         2.8     988.3
  10-Nov-12       502.6          2.1        481.5         2.9     989.1
   Change:         -0.5%         0.0%         0.4%       -3.4%     -0.1%
  19-Nov-11       491.1          2.5        492.9         2.7     989.2
   Change:          1.8%       -16.0%        -1.9%        3.7%     -0.1%
  2012 YTD      22628.6        100.6      20271.3       130.6   43131.1
  2011 YTD      23011.9        112.0      19847.8       124.8   43096.5
   Change:         -1.7%       -10.2%         2.1%        4.7%      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
  17-Nov-12     629,000       15,000    2,366,000      40,000
  10-Nov-12     631,000       15,000    2,361,000      42,000
   Change:         -0.3%         0.0%         0.2%       -4.8%
  19-Nov-11     639,000       16,000    2,369,000      39,000
   Change:         -1.6%        -6.3%        -0.1%        2.6%
  2012 YTD   28,728,000      659,000   98,651,000   1,769,000
  2011 YTD   29,894,000      741,000   96,733,000   1,774,000
   Change:         -3.9%       -11.1%         2.0%       -0.3%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  17-Nov-12   Estimate          1322          240         275       138
  10-Nov-12   Estimate          1322          240         274       140
  19-Nov-11     Actual          1292          261         279       139
            Dressed:
  17-Nov-12   Estimate           797          141         204        69
  10-Nov-12   Estimate           798          141         204        70
  19-Nov-11     Actual           771          154         208        70
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  03-Nov-12       47.3%        29.5%        21.5%        1.7%
  05-Nov-11       47.7%        28.0%        22.6%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  03-Nov-12       97.2%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  05-Nov-11       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%

*2011 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
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