Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Feb 22, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, February 23, 2013 was estimated at 891.4 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 3.8 percent lower than a week ago and 2.2 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
2.5 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)
  23-Feb-13       458.7          2.3        427.7         2.7     891.4
  16-Feb-13       476.7          2.2        444.6         2.8     926.3
   Change:         -3.8%         4.5%        -3.8%       -3.6%     -3.8%
  25-Feb-12       463.6          2.3        443.0         2.9     911.8
   Change:         -1.1%         0.0%        -3.5%       -6.9%     -2.2%
  2013 YTD       3703.4         17.6       3470.6        20.3    7211.9
  2012 YTD       3773.7         18.3       3580.6        21.7    7394.3
   Change:         -1.9%        -3.8%        -3.1%       -6.5%     -2.5%
(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
  23-Feb-13     573,000       15,000    2,066,000      38,000
  16-Feb-13     596,000       15,000    2,145,000      39,000
   Change:         -3.9%         0.0%        -3.7%       -2.6%
  25-Feb-12     587,000       14,000    2,124,000      38,000
   Change:         -2.4%         7.1%        -2.7%        0.0%
  2013 YTD    4,677,000      118,000   16,740,000     284,000
  2012 YTD    4,814,000      117,000   17,171,000     286,000
   Change:         -2.8%         0.6%        -2.5%       -0.6%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  23-Feb-13   Estimate          1327          256         276       143
  16-Feb-13   Estimate          1329          254         277       143
  25-Feb-12     Actual          1312          276         278       155
            Dressed:
  23-Feb-13   Estimate           802          150         207        72
  16-Feb-13   Estimate           802          149         207        72
  25-Feb-12     Actual           792          165         209        78
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  09-Feb-13       48.0%        30.3%        20.2%        1.6%
  11-Feb-12       46.1%        31.5%        20.7%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  09-Feb-13       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.4%
  11-Feb-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  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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