Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri Mar 01, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 02, 2013 was estimated at 904.3 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.4 percent higher than a week ago and 4.2 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
2.7 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)
  02-Mar-13       450.4          2.3        448.7         2.9     904.3
  23-Feb-13       458.7          2.3        427.7         2.7     891.4
   Change:         -1.8%         0.0%         4.9%        7.4%      1.4%
  03-Mar-12       489.9          2.2        449.0         2.9     944.0
   Change:         -8.1%         4.5%        -0.1%        0.0%     -4.2%
  2013 YTD       4153.8         19.9       3918.0        23.1    8114.8
  2012 YTD       4263.6         20.5       4029.6        24.6    8338.3
   Change:         -2.6%        -2.9%        -2.8%       -6.1%     -2.7%
(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
  02-Mar-13     563,000       15,000    2,168,000      41,000
  23-Feb-13     573,000       15,000    2,066,000      38,000
   Change:         -1.7%         0.0%         4.9%        7.9%
  03-Mar-12     620,000       14,000    2,153,000      38,000
   Change:         -9.2%         7.1%         0.7%        7.9%
  2013 YTD    5,240,000      132,000   18,903,000     324,000
  2012 YTD    5,434,000      131,000   19,324,000     323,000
   Change:         -3.6%         0.8%        -2.2%        0.2%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  02-Mar-13   Estimate          1325          263         276       143
  23-Feb-13   Estimate          1327          256         276       143
  03-Mar-12     Actual          1309          275         278       156
            Dressed:
  02-Mar-13   Estimate           802          155         207        72
  23-Feb-13   Estimate           802          150         207        72
  03-Mar-12     Actual           792          164         209        78
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  16-Feb-13       47.4%        30.6%        20.4%        1.6%
  18-Feb-12       46.7%        32.3%        19.5%        1.5%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  16-Feb-13       97.0%                      2.6%                  0.3%
  18-Feb-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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