Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Apr 05, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, April 06, 2013 was estimated at 907.6 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.8 percent lower than a week ago and 2.8 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
1.9 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)
  06-Apr-13       469.5          2.2        433.3         2.6     907.6
  30-Mar-13       474.2          2.2        453.6         3.3     933.3
   Change:         -1.0%         0.0%        -4.5%      -21.2%     -2.8%
  07-Apr-12       485.2          2.2        443.8         2.9     934.1
   Change:         -3.2%         0.0%        -2.4%      -10.3%     -2.8%
  2013 YTD       6520.7         30.4       6170.2        38.6   12759.9
  2012 YTD       6678.7         31.7       6263.1        39.9   13013.4
   Change:         -2.4%        -4.1%        -1.5%       -3.3%     -1.9%
(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
  06-Apr-13     593,000       15,000    2,088,000      36,000
  30-Mar-13     599,000       15,000    2,184,000      45,000
   Change:         -1.0%         0.0%        -4.4%      -20.0%
  07-Apr-12     621,000       13,000    2,124,000      42,000
   Change:         -4.5%        15.4%        -1.7%      -14.3%
  2013 YTD    8,239,000      206,000   29,742,000     536,000
  2012 YTD    8,511,000      197,000   30,018,000     531,000
   Change:         -3.2%         4.3%        -0.9%        1.0%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  06-Apr-13   Estimate          1318          254         277       143
  30-Mar-13   Estimate          1318          252         277       145
  07-Apr-12     Actual          1289          280         279       138
            Dressed:
  06-Apr-13   Estimate           794          149         208        72
  30-Mar-13   Estimate           794          148         208        73
  07-Apr-12     Actual           783          167         209        69
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  23-Mar-13       47.9%        29.5%        20.9%        1.7%
  24-Mar-12       48.2%        30.8%        19.2%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  23-Mar-13       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  24-Mar-12       97.1%                      2.6%                  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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