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Current Situation and Analysis
Last Updated: 2/20/2018
SOME COMMENTS ON THE CATTLE NUMBERS

The annual Cattle report was released January 31st by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).  It is a statistically-based survey of producers and the most detailed of the cattle industry. As of January 1, 2018, the U.S. herd totaled 94.4 million animals, 0.7% above 2017’s count.


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U.S. JANUARY 1 SHEEP AND LAMB COUNT SLIPS

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the annual sheep and lamb inventory statistics on January 31st. The numbers, which were as of January 1, 2018, came in a bit smaller than anticipated for the second year in a row. It appears that nationwide producers have been selling a rather large proportion of ewe lambs and not retaining them for their breeding flocks.


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2017 U.S. PORK EXPORTS SET RECORD, POISED FOR ANOTHER IN 2018

Pork exports in 2017 were up 7.5% from 2016 on a carcass weight equivalent basis. The data was compiled by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). It was the biggest annual increase since 2011, when exports jumped 23.0%, to top 5 billion pounds for the first time. The 2017 export total was up 8.3% from 2011. The prior record was in 2012 when exports came in at 5.379 billion pounds.


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