Indiana's egg production down 2% year-over-year to 522 million in October, USDA says; average output reaches 2,332 eggs/100 layers, up 1% from last year

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana , December 8, 2011 (press release) – NOVEMBER FARM PRICES RECEIVED INDEX UP 1 POINT

Indiana’s mid-month prices for corn, soybeans, winter wheat, and all milk increased from last year. Winter wheat and all milk decreased from last month.

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in November, at 185 percent, based on 1990-1992=100, is up 1 point (0.5 percent) from October. The Crop Index is up 5 points (2.5 percent) and the Livestock Index increased 2 points (1.3 percent). Producers received higher prices for corn, lettuce, cattle, and broilers and lower prices for soybeans, hogs, apples, and hay. 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 milk, cattle, corn, and cotton offset the decreased marketing of soybeans, peanuts, potatoes, and sunflowers.

The preliminary All Farm Products Index is up 31 points (20 percent) from November 2010. The Food Commodities Index, at 171, decreased 2 points (1.2 percent) from last month but increased 22 points (15 percent) from November 2010.

COLD STORAGE HIGHLIGHTS

On October 31, 2011, total natural cheese stocks in refrigerated warehouses were down 3 percent from the previous month and down 4 percent from October 31, of last year.

Butter stocks were down 14 percent from last month but up 19 percent from a year ago.

Total frozen poultry supplies on October 31, 2011 were down 7 percent from the previous month and down 4 percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were up 4 percent from the previous month but down 5 percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were down 20 percent from last month and down 1 percent from October 31, 2010.
Total frozen fruit stocks were up 17 percent from last month but down 7 percent from a year ago. Total frozen vegetable stocks were up 4 percent from last month but down 6 percent from a year ago.

Total red meat supplies in freezers were down 2 percent from the previous month but up 1 percent from last year. Total pounds of beef in freezers were down 3 percent from the previous month and down slightly from last year. Frozen pork supplies were down slightly from the previous month but up 2 percent from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were down 7 percent from last month and down 63 percent from last year.

INDIANA OCTOBER EGG PRODUCTION DOWN 2 PERCENT

Indiana's laying flocks produced 522 million eggs during October 2011, down 2 percent from a year ago. The average number of layers on hand at 22.4 million, was down 1 percent from last month and 3 percent from last year. The monthly rate of lay at 2,332 eggs per 100 layers, was up slightly from last year.

United States egg production totaled 7.78 billion during October 2011, up 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.74 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 968 million were broiler-type and 70 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during October 2011 averaged 336 million, down slightly from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,317 eggs, up 1 percent from October 2010.

All layers in the United States on November 1, 2011 totaled 337 million, down slightly from last year. The 337 million layers consisted of 283 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 50.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.94 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on November 1, 2011, averaged 74.7 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from November 1, 2010.

U.S. CATTLE ON FEED UP 4 PERCENT

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.9 million head on November 1, 2011. The inventory was 4 percent above November 1, 2010. This is the second highest November 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.49 million, 1 percent below 2010. Net placements were 2.40 million head. During October, placements of cattle
and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 805,000, 600-699 pounds were 600,000, 700-799 pounds were 501,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 585,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during October totaled 1.79 million, 3 percent above 2010. Other disappearance totaled 93,000 during October, 50 percent above 2010.

INDIANA'S RED MEAT PRODUCTION DOWN SLIGHTLY

Indiana's commercial red meat production during October 2011 totaled 155.7 million pounds, down slightly from a year earlier. Total live weight of the 4,200 cattle killed totaled 4.4 million pounds. Total live weight of the 748,000 hogs killed totaled 203.3 million pounds. The 3,100 sheep slaughtered during October 2011 totaled 341,000 pounds.

Nationally, commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.27 billion pounds in October, up slightly from the 4.26 billion pounds produced in October 2010. Beef production, at 2.22 billion pounds, was 1 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.86 million head, down slightly from October 2010. The average live weight was down 9 pounds from the previous year, at 1,289 pounds. Veal production totaled 10.5 million pounds, 8 percent below October a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 72,600 head, up 2 percent from October 2010. The average live weight was down 23 pounds from last year, at 252 pounds. Pork production totaled 2.03 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.91 million head, up 2 percent from October 2010. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 275 pounds. Lamb and mutton production, at 11.7 million pounds, was down 11 percent from October 2010. Sheep slaughter totaled 174,600 head, 14 percent below last year. The average live weight was 134 pounds, up 4 pounds from October a year ago.

INDIANA MILK PRODUCTION UP 4 PERCENT

Indiana's milk production totaled 292 million pounds during October 2011, up four percent from a year earlier. The number of milk cows on farms totaled 171,000 head, up 1 percent from a year earlier.

Milk production in the 23 major States during October totaled 15.2 billion pounds, up 2.5 percent from October 2010. September revised production at 14.8 billion pounds, was up 1.9 percent from September 2010. The September revision represented a decrease of 10 million
pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,787 pounds for October, 20 pounds above October 2010. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.48 million head, 111,000 head more than October 2010, and 10,000 head more than September 2011.

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