September red meat supplies record high

Pork, beef supplies highest since data first recorded in 1915

September total red meat supplies were at their largest levels since United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) first began recording the data in 1916, according to the latest “Cold Storage” report. Total red meat supplies in freezers were 2% higher than the previous month and 24% higher than the same time last year.

Total pounds of beef in freezers increased 6% from the previous month and were 31% higher than last year. Total beef is a record high for the month of September, since the data was first recorded in 1915, USDA said.

Frozen pork supplies slightly increased from the previous month, but were 19% higher than the same time last year. Total pork was also a record high for the month of September, since the data was first recorded in 1915. Stocks of pork bellies, however, decreased 21% from last month and were 68% lower from last year.

Total frozen poultry supplies on September 30, 2015 decreased slightly from the previous month but increased 13% from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were 2% higher than the previous month and 28% higher than last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers decreased 5% from last month and were 6% lower than September 30, 2014.

Total natural cheese stocks in refrigerated warehouses on September 30, 2015 were 2% lower than the previous month but were 13% higher than September 30, 2014. Butter stocks were 12% lower from last month but were 23% higher than a year ago.

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