Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jan 21, 2011          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, January 22, 2011 was estimated at 948.8 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.0 percent higher than a week ago and 1.8 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)
  22-Jan-11       493.7          2.5        450.1         2.5     948.8
  15-Jan-11       491.9          2.6        442.0         2.5     939.0
   Change:          0.4%        -3.8%         1.8%        0.0%      1.0%
  23-Jan-10       516.4          2.8        443.6         3.1     965.9
   Change:         -4.4%       -10.7%         1.5%      -19.4%     -1.8%
  2011 YTD       1484.9          7.6       1347.3         7.6    2847.4
  2010 YTD       1564.8          8.5       1361.9         9.3    2944.6
   Change:         -5.1%       -10.6%        -1.1%      -18.0%     -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.
2011 totals are subject to revision
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealers     Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  22-Jan-11     630,000       17,000    2,166,000      36,000
  15-Jan-11     628,000       17,000    2,135,000      36,000
   Change:          0.3%         0.0%         1.5%        0.0%
  23-Jan-10     670,000       20,000    2,177,000      43,000
   Change:         -6.0%       -15.0%        -0.5%      -16.3%
  2011 YTD    1,898,000       51,000    6,476,000     109,000
  2010 YTD    2,025,000       61,000    6,691,000     131,000
   Change:         -6.3%       -17.0%        -3.2%      -16.8%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  22-Jan-11   Estimate          1311          258         277       139
  15-Jan-11   Estimate          1309          263         277       140
  23-Jan-10     Actual          1293          239         273       142
            Dressed:
  22-Jan-11   Estimate           787          153         208        70
  15-Jan-11   Estimate           786          155         207        70
  23-Jan-10     Actual           774          142         204        71
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  08-Jan-11       47.7%        29.2%        21.5%        1.5%
  09-Jan-10       48.3%        30.0%        20.1%        1.6%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  08-Jan-11       97.1%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  09-Jan-10       96.8%                      2.8%                  0.4%

*2010 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source: USDA Market News, St Joseph, MO
        816-238-0678 or  816-676-7000    e-mail stjoe.lgmn@ams.usda.gov
        www.ams.usda.gov/LSMarketNews

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