U.S. red meat, poultry supplies down on year
February 23, 2021 By John Perkins Filed Under: Beef, Livestock, News, Pork, Poultry, USDA
January was a strong month for pork demand.The USDA says the amount of pork in cold storage at the end of the month was 459.947 million pounds, 26% less than a year ago and the second month in a row with a big year to year decline in supply. Except for boneless loins, all the listed cuts were down on the year, including an all-time monthly low for bone-in hams.Beef was up 6% on the year at 519.186 million pounds, but that was down 3% on the month, led by a decline in boneless beef.The total for red meat in cold storage was 1.013 billion pounds, 12% below last year.The amount of poultry in cold storage was 1.127 billion pounds, a decline of 11% on the year, with a 15% drop in chicken to 817.918 million thanks to good demand and lower production cancelling out a 2% rise for turkey to 306.212 million pounds.The USDA’s cold storage totals for 2020 are out Friday afternoon.
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