Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Aug 30, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, August 31, 2013 was estimated at 953.6 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.4 percent lower than a week ago and 1.7 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.7 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)
  31-Aug-13       500.0          2.0        448.7         2.9     953.6
  24-Aug-13       504.9          2.0        447.6         3.0     957.5
   Change:         -1.0%         0.0%         0.3%       -3.3%     -0.4%
  01-Sep-12       506.2          2.3        458.5         3.0     970.0
   Change:         -1.2%       -13.0%        -2.1%       -3.3%     -1.7%
  2013 YTD      16959.8         72.0      14970.6        99.4   32101.8
  2012 YTD      17118.4         77.1      15020.1        98.9   32314.5
   Change:         -0.9%        -6.6%        -0.3%        0.5%     -0.7%
(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
  31-Aug-13     627,000       15,000    2,210,000      43,000
  24-Aug-13     634,000       15,000    2,207,000      44,000
   Change:         -1.1%         0.0%         0.1%       -2.3%
  01-Sep-12     641,000       15,000    2,278,000      41,000
   Change:         -2.2%         0.0%        -3.0%        4.9%
  2013 YTD   21,475,000      494,000   72,710,000   1,411,000
  2012 YTD   21,805,000      489,000   72,834,000   1,323,000
   Change:         -1.5%         1.0%        -0.2%        6.6%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  31-Aug-13   Estimate          1311          235         271       135
  24-Aug-13   Estimate          1309          232         271       135
  01-Sep-12     Actual          1304          260         269       146
            Dressed:
  31-Aug-13   Estimate           799          138         203        68
  24-Aug-13   Estimate           798          136         203        67
  01-Sep-12     Actual           791          154         201        73
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  17-Aug-13       50.8%        29.4%        17.9%        1.9%
  18-Aug-12       50.5%        29.0%        18.9%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  17-Aug-13       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  18-Aug-12       96.9%                      2.8%                  0.3%

*2012 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
        816-676-7000    e-mail stjoe.lpgmn@ams.usda.gov
        www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/SJ_LS712.txt
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