Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO           Fri May 23, 2014           USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 24, 2014 was estimated at 903.7 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.0 percent higher than a week ago and 4.1 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
3.3 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)
   24-May-14       471.9          1.9         427.0          2.9     903.7
   17-May-14       465.7          1.9         433.0          2.9     903.5
    Change:          1.3%         0.0%         -1.4%         0.0%      0.0%
   25-May-13       511.8          2.1         425.6          3.0     942.5
    Change:         -7.8%        -9.5%          0.3%        -3.3%     -4.1%
   2014 YTD       9418.2         40.2        9130.6         59.3   18648.3
   2013 YTD       9986.3         44.0        9203.8         59.0   19293.2
    Change:         -5.7%        -8.7%         -0.8%         0.6%     -3.3%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.       (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2014 totals are subject to revision
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                         Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending    Cattle    Calves/Vealer      Hogs    Sheep/Lambs
   24-May-14     599,000       11,000     1,973,000       39,000
   17-May-14     591,000       11,000     1,999,000       41,000
    Change:          1.4%         0.0%         -1.3%        -4.9%
   25-May-13     653,000       13,000     2,072,000       42,000
    Change:         -8.3%       -15.4%         -4.8%        -7.1%
   2014 YTD   11,849,000      251,000    42,569,000      837,000
   2013 YTD   12,647,000      292,000    44,402,000      825,000
    Change:         -6.3%       -14.1%         -4.1%         1.5%
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                                      Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending  Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealerss    Hogs    Sheep/Lambs
   24-May-14   Estimate          1302           287          288       148
   17-May-14   Estimate          1304           293          288       141
   25-May-13     Actual          1295           271          275       143
             Dressed:
   24-May-14   Estimate           789           170          217        74
   17-May-14   Estimate           790           173          217        71
   25-May-13     Actual           785           160          205        71
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            Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending     Steers      Heifers        Cows            Bulls
   10-May-14       55.1%        26.0%         17.2%         1.7%
   11-May-13       51.7%        26.8%         19.7%         1.8%

            Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending  Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                  Boars
   10-May-14       97.1%                       2.6%                   0.3%
   11-May-13       96.8%                       2.8%                   0.3%

*2013 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
        816-676-7000    e-mail stjoe.lpgmn@ams.usda.gov
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