Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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SJ_LS712
St Joseph, MO          Fri Mar 07, 2014          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 08, 2014 was estimated at 880.1 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 4.5 percent lower than a week ago and 6.0 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
3.8 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)
  08-Mar-14       438.6          2.0        436.9         2.6     880.1
  01-Mar-14       458.0          2.1        458.4         2.8     921.3
   Change:         -4.2%        -4.8%        -4.7%       -7.1%     -4.5%
  09-Mar-13       474.4          2.2        456.4         3.1     936.1
   Change:         -7.5%        -9.1%        -4.3%      -16.1%     -6.0%
  2014 YTD       4326.4         19.4       4359.9        25.1    8730.8
  2013 YTD       4652.6         21.7       4376.1        26.3    9076.8
   Change:         -7.0%       -10.6%        -0.4%       -4.5%     -3.8%
(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/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  08-Mar-14     548,000       13,000    2,052,000      38,000
  01-Mar-14     570,000       14,000    2,155,000      40,000
   Change:         -3.9%        -7.1%        -4.8%       -5.0%
  09-Mar-13     598,000       15,000    2,198,000      42,000
   Change:         -8.4%       -13.3%        -6.6%       -9.5%
  2014 YTD    5,393,000      128,000   20,453,000     360,000
  2013 YTD    5,834,000      147,000   21,097,000     365,000
   Change:         -7.6%       -12.8%        -3.1%       -1.3%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  08-Mar-14   Estimate          1335          269         283       140
  01-Mar-14   Estimate          1337          259         283       140
  09-Mar-13     Actual          1320          251         277       145
            Dressed:
  08-Mar-14   Estimate           802          158         213        70
  01-Mar-14   Estimate           805          153         213        70
  09-Mar-13     Actual           795          147         208        73
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  22-Feb-14       47.2%        30.8%        20.2%        1.8%
  23-Feb-13       48.4%        29.0%        21.0%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  22-Feb-14       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  23-Feb-13       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.4%

*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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