Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection
USDA - Fri Mar 15, 1:05PM CDT
SJ_LS712
St Joseph, MO          Fri Mar 15, 2019          USDA Market News
Estimated Weekly Meat Production Under Federal Inspection

     Total red meat production under Federal inspection for the week
ending Saturday, March 16, 2019 was estimated at 1009.8 million lbs.
according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Marketing Service.
This was 2.7 percent lower than a week ago and 0.3 percent lower
than a year ago.  Cumulative meat production for the year to date was
0.4 percent higher compared to the previous year.

                        Meat Production (millions of pounds)
                             (excludes condemned)
Week Ending       Beef     Calf/Veal     Pork (2) Lamb/Mutton  Totals (3)
  16-Mar-19       479.5          1.5        526.4         2.4    1009.8
  09-Mar-19       489.1          1.5        544.2         2.5    1037.3
   Change:         -2.0%         0.0%        -3.3%       -4.0%     -2.7%
  17-Mar-18       490.7          1.4        518.1         3.0    1013.2
   Change:         -2.3%         7.1%         1.6%      -20.0%     -0.3%
  2019 YTD       5309.8         15.3       5727.2        26.8   11079.1
  2018 YTD       5401.9         15.4       5585.6        29.8   11032.7
   Change:         -1.7%        -0.7%         2.5%      -10.1%      0.4%
(1)Previous week estimates may be revised. Year ago data are actuals.
(2) Excludes lard.      (3) Totals may not add due to rounding.
2019 totals are subject to revision
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                        Livestock Slaughter (head)
Week Ending   Cattle    Calves/Vealer      Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  16-Mar-19     593,000       12,000    2,452,000      35,000
  09-Mar-19     603,000       12,000    2,535,000      37,000
   Change:         -1.7%         0.0%        -3.3%       -5.4%
  17-Mar-18     601,000       10,000    2,418,000      41,000
   Change:         -1.3%        20.0%         1.4%      -14.6%
  2019 YTD    6,536,000      128,000   26,677,000     391,000
  2018 YTD    6,554,000      113,000   26,103,000     406,000
   Change:         -0.3%        13.1%         2.2%       -3.7%
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                                     Average Weights (lbs)
Week Ending Live:          Cattle    Calves/Vealers    Hogs   Sheep/Lambs
  16-Mar-19   Estimate          1351          217         287       139
  09-Mar-19   Estimate          1354          216         287       137
  17-Mar-18     Actual          1362          236         286       144
            Dressed:
  16-Mar-19   Estimate           810          125         215        70
  09-Mar-19   Estimate           813          125         215        69
  17-Mar-18     Actual           819          138         214        73
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           Percentage of Total Cattle Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending    Steers      Heifers        Cows           Bulls
  02-Mar-19       48.8%        29.4%        20.9%        1.4%
  03-Mar-18       50.4%        28.5%        19.2%        1.5%

           Percentage of Total Hogs Slaughtered by Class
Week Ending Barrows & Gilts                 Sows                 Boars
  02-Mar-19       97.3%                      2.4%                  0.3%
  03-Mar-18       97.3%                      2.4%                  0.3%

*2018 slaughter totals adjusted to reflect NASS revisions
Source:  USDA Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News Division, St Joseph, MO
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