Red meat supplies up slightly from last year

Frozen poultry stocks down from the prior month and year ago.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest “Cold Storage” report showed total frozen poultry supplies on Oct. 31, 2016, were down 9% from the previous month and down 3% from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken, at 774.0 million lb., were up 1% from the previous month but down 10% from last year. Total turkey in freezers was 396.3 million lb., down 22% from last month but up 13% from Oct. 31, 2015.

Total red meat supplies in freezers were down 3% from the previous month but up 1% from last year at 1.17 billion lb., which USDA said was the most on record for the month of October. Total beef in freezers was 532.3 million lb., a 3% increase from the previous month and a 5% increase from last year. Frozen pork supplies, at 598.0 million lb., were down 7% from the previous month and down 1% from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were down 17% from last month but up 16% from last year.

Total natural cheese stocks in refrigerated warehouses on Oct. 31, 2016, were 2% lower than the previous month but 6% higher than last year. Butter stocks were down 15% from last month but were 27% higher than a year ago.

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