Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Feb 08, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, February 09, 2013 was estimated at 921.5 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 3.3 percent lower than a week ago and 0.6 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
2.7 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)
  09-Feb-13       472.8          2.2        443.9         2.6     921.5
  02-Feb-13       495.5          2.3        452.2         2.7     952.7
   Change:         -4.6%        -4.3%        -1.8%       -3.7%     -3.3%
  11-Feb-12       470.7          2.3        440.3         2.9     916.2
   Change:          0.4%        -4.3%         0.8%      -10.3%      0.6%
  2013 YTD       2768.1         13.0       2602.8        14.9    5398.8
  2012 YTD       2830.0         13.6       2689.2        16.1    5548.9
   Change:         -2.2%        -4.4%        -3.2%       -7.5%     -2.7%
(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
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  09-Feb-13     593,000       15,000    2,139,000      37,000
  02-Feb-13     621,000       16,000    2,176,000      38,000
   Change:         -4.5%        -6.3%        -1.7%       -2.6%
  11-Feb-12     599,000       14,000    2,112,000      38,000
   Change:         -1.0%         7.1%         1.3%       -2.6%
  2013 YTD    3,511,000       89,000   12,534,000     209,000
  2012 YTD    3,617,000       89,000   12,896,000     212,000
   Change:         -2.9%         0.3%        -2.8%       -1.5%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  09-Feb-13   Estimate          1330          253         277       142
  02-Feb-13   Estimate          1331          247         277       142
  11-Feb-12     Actual          1309          270         279       152
            Dressed:
  09-Feb-13   Estimate           799          148         208        71
  02-Feb-13   Estimate           800          144         208        71
  11-Feb-12     Actual           788          160         209        76
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  26-Jan-13       48.9%        29.4%        20.2%        1.6%
  28-Jan-12       48.4%        29.0%        20.9%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  26-Jan-13       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  28-Jan-12       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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