USDA lowers production and trade forecasts for meat
April 16, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: 2020 Events, COVID-19, News
The USDA has pulled back its forecasts for most U.S. meat production and trade.
World Ag Outlook
board chairman Mark Jekanowski explains why they’ve reduced the beef production
forecast, “Mainly based on lower steer and heifer slaughter and given the very
low prices for cattle recently that also suggests that producers might be holding
some cattle back from marketing.”
The USDA’s pork
production numbers have increased a little but broiler production has been
pulled back this month. Jekanowski says the collapse in demand from COVID-29 is
affecting prices, compared to last month and last year, “These prices are down
quite a bit, year over year, if you look at 2020 compared to 2019. And that’s
the same for broilers, steers and hogs.”
And, he says, the
USDA’s meat trade forecast for the major categories of beef, pork, broilers and
turkey have been dialed back, “Reflecting softening global economic outlook and
that’s just showing up in reduced export demand for our meat products.”
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