Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Dec 13, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, December 14, 2013 was estimated at 984.6 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.7 percent lower than a week ago and 0.7 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
1.1 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)
  14-Dec-13       489.6          2.2        490.0         2.8     984.6
  07-Dec-13       505.0          2.2        491.2         2.8    1001.2
   Change:         -3.1%         0.0%        -0.2%        0.0%     -1.7%
  15-Dec-12       511.5          2.4        474.6         3.1     991.6
   Change:         -4.3%        -8.3%         3.2%       -9.7%     -0.7%
  2013 YTD      24321.7        103.4      21964.5       138.6   46528.2
  2012 YTD      24616.6        110.1      22164.6       141.6   47032.9
   Change:         -1.2%        -6.1%        -0.9%       -2.1%     -1.1%
(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
  14-Dec-13     608,000       15,000    2,311,000      42,000
  07-Dec-13     629,000       15,000    2,320,000      42,000
   Change:         -3.3%         0.0%        -0.4%        0.0%
  15-Dec-12     641,000       16,000    2,297,000      44,000
   Change:         -5.1%        -6.3%         0.6%       -4.5%
  2013 YTD   30,665,000      714,000  106,207,000   2,015,000
  2012 YTD   31,229,000      725,000  107,778,000   1,926,000
   Change:         -1.8%        -1.5%        -1.5%        4.6%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  14-Dec-13   Estimate          1344          256         283       131
  07-Dec-13   Estimate          1342          260         283       130
  15-Dec-12     Actual          1327          251         277       140
            Dressed:
  14-Dec-13   Estimate           807          150         212        66
  07-Dec-13   Estimate           805          152         212        66
  15-Dec-12     Actual           800          148         207        70
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  30-Nov-13       51.5%        28.3%        18.5%        1.7%
  01-Dec-12       47.4%        28.4%        22.4%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  30-Nov-13       97.6%                      2.2%                  0.3%
  01-Dec-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%

*2012 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
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