Livestock Marketing Information Center

Current Situation and Analysis
Last Updated: 6/29/2015
QUARTERLY HOGS AND PIGS REPORT: PIGS PER LITTER UP

    Gleaning the latest USDA-NASS Hogs and Pigs report (released June 26th) shows four important trends: 1) the number of pigs born per litter has essentially jumped back up to in-line with historical growth rates, largely putting PEDv in the rear view mirror at least for now; 2) the number of sows has increased modestly compared to a year ago; 3) large revisions were made, market hog numbers published in earlier reports were raised dramatically; 4) some regional shifts in breeding herd location appear to be happening, which may be associated with where PEDv was most devastating


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COLD STORAGE UPDATE: BEEF, PORK AND POULTRY

    USDA-NASS released the most recent monthly Cold Storage (frozen products not for immediate sale) report for May, on June 22nd. All proteins have cold storage levels above year ago numbers, still most were fairly consistent with their normal seasonal movements.


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LAMB MARKET CONDITIONS AND USDA BUY-UP

    In May, the USDA announced it would make up to $10 million available to purchase lamb products for Federal food nutrition assistance, citing: low live slaughter lamb prices, continuing large levels of lamb in cold storage, and increased lamb imports that were made more attractive to buyers due to the rising value of the US dollar.


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