Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection



SJ_LS712

St Joseph, MO           Fri Dec 19, 2014           USDA Market News

Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection



     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week

ending Saturday, December 20, 2014 was estimated at 954.4 million lbs.

according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.

This was 0.5 percent lower than a week ago and 4.6 percent lower

than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was

4 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)

   20-Dec-14       455.8          1.8         494.0          2.8     954.4

   13-Dec-14       470.7          1.8         484.2          2.8     959.5

    Change:         -3.2%         0.0%          2.0%         0.0%     -0.5%

   21-Dec-13       495.0          2.4         500.1          2.9    1000.4

    Change:         -7.9%       -25.0%         -1.2%        -3.4%     -4.6%

   2014 YTD      23348.0         90.0       22065.2        140.6   45643.8

   2013 YTD      24848.1        105.9       22471.4        141.7   47567.2

    Change:         -6.0%       -15.0%         -1.8%        -0.8%     -4.0%

(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/Vealer      Hogs    Sheep/Lambs

   20-Dec-14     552,000       10,000     2,298,000       41,000

   13-Dec-14     569,000       10,000     2,254,000       42,000

    Change:         -3.0%         0.0%          2.0%        -2.4%

   21-Dec-13     617,000       16,000     2,365,000       44,000

    Change:        -10.5%       -37.5%         -2.8%        -6.8%

   2014 YTD   28,961,000      544,000   103,111,000    2,043,000

   2013 YTD   31,281,000      730,000   108,579,000    2,061,000

    Change:         -7.4%       -25.5%         -5.0%        -0.9%

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                                      Average Weights (lbs)

Week Ending  Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealerss    Hogs    Sheep/Lambs

   20-Dec-14   Estimate          1368           304          287       136

   13-Dec-14   Estimate          1367           305          287       136

   21-Dec-13     Actual          1340           261          282       131

             Dressed:

   20-Dec-14   Estimate           828           181          215        68

   13-Dec-14   Estimate           829           181          215        68

   21-Dec-13     Actual           804           154          212        66

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            Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class

Week Ending     Steers      Heifers        Cows            Bulls

   06-Dec-14       49.8%        28.2%         20.2%         1.8%

   07-Dec-13       49.2%        28.8%         20.2%         1.7%



            Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class

Week Ending  Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                  Boars

   06-Dec-14       96.9%                       2.8%                   0.3%

   07-Dec-13       97.1%                       2.6%                   0.3%



*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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