Livestock Marketing Information Center

Current Situation and Analysis
Last Updated: 5/15/2017
U.S. HAY STOCKS DOWN YEAR-OVER-YEAR

USDA released the monthly Crop Production report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on Wednesday of this week.  The crop report covered commodities mostly unrelated to the livestock sectors, but did contain the May 1, 2017 hay stocks.  The report is based on a NASS survey of producers.  U.S. hay stocks for May 1st give a carryover number as of that date which marks the national transition to a new hay crop-year.  Besides national totals, stocks by state are reported.  The major users of hay are the U.S. beef cowherd, feedlots, and dairies.


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PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITIONS UPDATE

USDA-NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) initiated their weekly U.S. pasture and range conditions ratings (first release was Monday May 8th).  NASS reported that as of early May range and pasture conditions were similar to a year ago.  The ratings come from NASS county Extension staff of Land Grant Universities and other industry-based crop observers. The ratings are in 5 qualitative categories; excellent, good, fair, poor and very poor.


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STRONG FIRST QUARTER U.S. RED MEAT EXPORTS

Expectations for gains in beef and pork exports this year have been optimistic, following up on the momentum from last year and prospects for more increases in red meat production this year.


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