Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Jan 25, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, January 26, 2013 was estimated at 953 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 0.5 percent lower than a week ago and 3.1 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
4.9 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)
  26-Jan-13       500.1          2.3        448.0         2.6     953.0
  19-Jan-13       492.9          2.3        459.8         2.6     957.6
   Change:          1.5%         0.0%        -2.6%        0.0%     -0.5%
  28-Jan-12       471.1          2.4        447.7         2.9     924.1
   Change:          6.2%        -4.2%         0.1%      -10.3%      3.1%
  2013 YTD       1805.4          8.6       1714.1         9.7    3537.8
  2012 YTD       1894.2          9.1       1805.6        10.5    3719.4
   Change:         -4.7%        -5.5%        -5.1%       -7.6%     -4.9%
(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
  26-Jan-13     625,000       16,000    2,159,000      37,000
  19-Jan-13     615,000       16,000    2,222,000      38,000
   Change:          1.6%         0.0%        -2.8%       -2.6%
  28-Jan-12     601,000       15,000    2,154,000      37,000
   Change:          4.0%         6.7%         0.2%        0.0%
  2013 YTD    2,302,000       60,000    8,261,000     137,000
  2012 YTD    2,427,000       60,000    8,652,000     139,000
   Change:         -5.1%         0.2%        -4.5%       -1.1%
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  26-Jan-13   Estimate          1330          244         277       140
  19-Jan-13   Estimate          1329          246         276       138
  28-Jan-12     Actual          1306          264         278       155
            Dressed:
  26-Jan-13   Estimate           802          143         208        70
  19-Jan-13   Estimate           803          144         207        69
  28-Jan-12     Actual           786          156         208        77
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  12-Jan-13       47.7%        28.2%        22.6%        1.6%
  14-Jan-12       47.0%        29.4%        21.9%        1.7%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  12-Jan-13       97.2%                      2.5%                  0.4%
  14-Jan-12       97.0%                      2.7%                  0.3%

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