Livestock Marketing Information Center

Current Situation and Analysis
Last Updated: 1/25/2016
COLD STORAGE UPDATE

On January 22nd, the monthly Cold Storage report was released by USDA-NASS.  As of December 31st, the general trend in animal-based protein was for continued year-over-year increases in frozen tonnage.  Beef in cold storage was 16% above the year ago volume.  The vast majority of beef in cold storage is boneless beef, which is also where most of the increase occurred.  However, the rate of increase in frozen beef tonnage has moderated since July.


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RETAIL SALES UP, AGAIN

According to U.S.


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HAY STOCKS AND MARKET UPDATE

As of December 1st, all hay stocks on farms in the U.S. were up 3% compared to 2014 for a total of almost 95 million tons, according to USDA-NASS.  Stocks are not separated into alfalfa hay or other hay categories, unfortunately, so it is difficult to know how much of each type of hay was really out there going into winter.  Texas is the largest holder of stocks, at 8 million tons, up 7% compared to 2014.


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