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USDA Reports: Protein Production Recovery, Global Trade Decline

Today’s WASDE showed USDA’s red meat and broiler production forecast up from last month. Last month’s WASDE total beef, pork and broiler production estimate for 2020 was bumped up to be 0.05 percent greater than 2019. This month it is projected to be 1.7 percent ahead of last year, with a reduction in beef more than offset by pork and broilers, though broiler production is down the most from the pre-COVID March estimates.  Forecast end-of-year average live animal prices are very bearish.  Pork exports are a safety net for hogs. China is still in the market and buying whole/half carcasses and bone-in hams that don’t take as much labor in the packing plant which helps relieve some back log. Mexico, the...

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