Indiana's egg production down 1% year-over-year to 525 million eggs in September, USDA says; red meat production up 2% to 149.8 million lbs.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana , November 4, 2011 (press release) – Indiana’s mid-month prices for corn, soybeans, winter wheat, all milk, and milk cow replacements increased from last year. Corn, soybeans, winter wheat, and all milk decreased from last month.

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October, at 185 percent, based on 1990-1992=100, increased 6 points (3.4 percent) from September. The Crop Index is up 3 points (1.5 percent) and the Livestock Index increased 1 point (0.7 percent). Producers received higher prices for cattle, eggs, hogs, and sweet corn and lower prices for corn, milk, wheat, and soybeans. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly movement of soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, and sunflowers offset the decreased marketing of wheat, milk, hogs, and hay.

The preliminary All Farm Products Index is up 34 points (23 percent) from October 2010. The Food Commodities Index, at 173, increased 6 points (3.6 percent) from last month and increased 26 points (18 percent) from October 2010.

U.S. CATTLE ON FEED UP 5 PERCENT

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on October 1, 2011. The inventory was 5 percent above October 1, 2010. This is the second highest October 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. The inventory included 6.95 million steers and steer calves, up 5 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 61 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.32 million head, up 5 percent from 2010.

Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.47 million, slightly above 2010. Net placements were 2.40 million head. During September, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 685,000, 600-699 pounds were 415,000, 700-799 pounds were 504,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 865,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.81 million, 1 percent above 2010. Other disappearance totaled 74,000 during September, 37 percent above 2010.

INDIANA'S RED MEAT PRODUCTION UP 2 PERCENT

Indiana's commercial red meat production during September 2011 totaled 149.8 million pounds, up 2 percent from a year earlier. Total live weight of the 3,400 cattle killed totaled 3.6 million pounds. Total live weight of the 730,900 hogs killed totaled 195.4 million pounds. The 3,000 sheep slaughtered during September 2011 totaled 330,000 pounds.

Nationally, commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.19 billion pounds in September, up 1 percent from the 4.16 billion pounds produced in September 2010. Beef production, at 2.22 billion pounds, was 2 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.88 million head, down 1 percent from September 2010. The average live weight was down 11 pounds from the previous year, at 1,278 pounds. Veal production totaled 10.7 million pounds, 5 percent below September a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 73,800 head, up 4 percent from September 2010. The average live weight was down 22 pounds from last year, at 252 pounds. Pork production totaled 1.95 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.69 million head, up 4 percent from September 2010. The average live weight was unchanged from the previous year, at 270 pounds. Lamb and mutton production, at 11.8 million pounds, was down 10 percent from September 2010. Sheep slaughter totaled 177,000 head, 14 percent below last year. The average live weight was 134 pounds, up 5 pounds from September a year ago.

INDIANA SEPTEMBER EGG PRODUCTION DOWN 1 PERCENT

Indiana's laying flocks produced 525 million eggs during September 2011, down 1 percent from a year ago. The average number of layers on hand at 22.7 million, was down 3 percent from both last month and last year. The monthly rate of lay at 2,311 eggs per 100 layers, was 2 percent above last year.

United States egg production totaled 7.51 billion during September 2011, down slightly from last year. Production included 6.49 billion table eggs, and 1.02 billion hatching eggs, of which 952 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg- type. The total number of layers during September 2011 averaged 336 million, down 1 percent from last year. September egg production per 100 layers was 2,236 eggs, up 1 percent from September 2010.

All layers in the United States on October 1, 2011 totaled 335 million, down slightly from last year. The 335 million layers consisted of 281 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.95 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on October 1, 2011, averaged 74.6 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from October 1, 2010.

DAIRY PRODUCTS PRICES HIGHLIGHTS

Cheddar Cheese prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.73 per pound for the week ending October 22, 2011. The price per pound decreased 1.0 cent from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.74 per pound, up 1.9 cents from the previous week.

Butter prices received for 25 kilogram and 68 pound boxes meeting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grade AA standards averaged $1.80 per pound for the week ending October 22, 2011. The United States (US) price per pound increased 5.1 cents from the previous week.

Nonfat Dry Milk prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade or United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Grade A standards averaged $1.50 per pound for the week ending October 22, 2011. The US price per pound decreased 2.6 cents from the previous week.

Dry Whey prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 62.1 cents per pound for the week ending October 22, 2011. The US price per pound increased 0.2 cent from the previous week.

TURKEY HATCHERY

Turkey eggs in incubators on October 1, 2011, in the United States totaled 27.5 million, up 5 percent from October 1, 2010. Eggs in incubators were down 2 percent from the September 1, 2011 total of 28.1 million eggs.

Turkey poults hatched during September 2011, in the United States totaled 23.8 million, up 8 percent from September 2010. Poults hatched were down slightly from the August 2011 total of 23.9 million poults.

The 23.5 million net poults placed during September 2011 in the United States were up 8 percent from the number placed during the same month a year earlier. Net placements were down 2 percent from the August 2011 total of 23.9 million.

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