Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

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St Joseph, MO          Fri May 03, 2013          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, May 04, 2013 was estimated at 929.8 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 1.3 percent lower than a week ago and 0.6 percent higher
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
1 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)
  04-May-13       488.7          2.1        435.9         3.1     929.8
  27-Apr-13       490.9          2.1        446.1         2.7     941.8
   Change:         -0.5%         0.0%        -2.3%       14.8%     -1.3%
  05-May-12       485.1          2.3        433.5         3.0     923.9
   Change:          0.7%        -8.7%         0.6%        3.3%      0.6%
  2013 YTD       8451.1         38.2       7931.0        49.7   16470.0
  2012 YTD       8555.3         41.0       7996.3        51.4   16644.0
   Change:         -1.2%        -6.8%        -0.8%       -3.3%     -1.0%
(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
  04-May-13     624,000       14,000    2,098,000      42,000
  27-Apr-13     625,000       14,000    2,148,000      37,000
   Change:         -0.2%         0.0%        -2.3%       13.5%
  05-May-12     627,000       13,000    2,079,000      37,000
   Change:         -0.5%         7.7%         0.9%       13.5%
  2013 YTD   10,712,000      257,000   38,218,000     689,000
  2012 YTD   10,932,000      250,000   38,317,000     683,000
   Change:         -2.0%         3.0%        -0.3%        0.9%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  04-May-13   Estimate          1300          262         277       147
  27-Apr-13   Estimate          1305          252         277       144
  05-May-12     Actual          1279          302         278       160
            Dressed:
  04-May-13   Estimate           785          155         208        73
  27-Apr-13   Estimate           787          148         208        72
  05-May-12     Actual           775          181         209        80
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  20-Apr-13       48.1%        29.8%        20.3%        1.7%
  21-Apr-12       50.3%        28.8%        19.1%        1.8%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  20-Apr-13       96.9%                      2.7%                  0.3%
  21-Apr-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
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