Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jan 11, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, January 12, 2013 was estimated at 975.6 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 18.3 percent higher than a week ago and 0.5 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
10 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-Jan-13       499.1          2.3        471.5         2.7     975.6
  05-Jan-13       413.6          1.9        406.8         2.1     824.4
   Change:         20.7%        21.1%        15.9%       28.6%     18.3%
  14-Jan-12       502.9          2.5        463.1         2.7     971.2
   Change:         -0.8%        -8.0%         1.8%        0.0%      0.5%
  2013 YTD        847.4          3.8        804.5         4.3    1660.0
  2012 YTD        939.7          4.6        895.7         5.1    1845.1
   Change:         -9.8%       -17.4%       -10.2%      -15.7%    -10.0%
(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
  12-Jan-13     624,000       16,000    2,284,000      39,000
  05-Jan-13     519,000       13,000    1,969,000      30,000
   Change:         20.2%        23.1%        16.0%       30.0%
  14-Jan-12     646,000       16,000    2,218,000      36,000
   Change:         -3.4%         0.0%         3.0%        8.3%
  2013 YTD    1,061,000       26,000    3,902,000      62,000
  2012 YTD    1,207,000       30,000    4,282,000      68,000
   Change:        -12.1%       -14.6%        -8.9%       -8.2%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  12-Jan-13   Estimate          1327          252         276       137
  05-Jan-13   Estimate          1326          253         277       138
  14-Jan-12     Actual          1301          266         279       150
            Dressed:
  12-Jan-13   Estimate           802          148         207        68
  05-Jan-13   Estimate           799          149         207        69
  14-Jan-12     Actual           780          157         209        75
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  29-Dec-12       49.7%        29.6%        19.6%        1.1%
  31-Dec-11       50.0%        27.5%        21.2%        1.3%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  29-Dec-12       97.8%                      2.0%                  0.2%
  31-Dec-11       97.3%                      2.4%                  0.3%

*2012 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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