USDA to enhance weekly pork reports in 2021

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Enhanced reports will provide additional market information for pork carcasses and exported products.

Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will enhance its Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) “National Weekly Comprehensive Pork Report” and "National Weekly Export Pork Sales Report" to provide additional market information for pork carcasses and exported products. 

At the request of the pork industry, pork carcass trades will be included in the “National Weekly Comprehensive Pork Report” (FOB Plant and FOB Omaha). The reports will show the aggregated volume of pork carcasses traded for all destinations (including export), sales types, delivery periods, refrigeration types and packaging styles. If there are pork carcass trades during the week, the value will be included in the comprehensive pork carcass cutout on a 1:1 weighted average ratio.

AMS will also complete its annual update to yield data and packaging and processing costs for wholesale pork.

The "National Weekly Export Pork Sales Report" (FOB Plant and FOB Omaha) will expand to include a new primal, the export break, 4/5 rib, along with new sub primal cut lines (4/5 rib break or simulated boneless loins and skinned tenderloins). Domestically, normal industry practice is to break the carcass between the 2nd and 3rd rib for the loin – shoulder separation.  However, to provide more relevant and insightful information, the export break at the 4th and 5th rib will be included on the report as this production practice is predominately used for product sold to export customers.

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