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USDA moves hog reports to one format

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New report to provide customers with more accessible data and combine four individual national and regional reports.

Beginning Dec. 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will publish a new "Daily Prior Day Hog Purchase Report" through its Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) Program.

The all-inclusive USDA Market News reports will provide customers with more accessible data for easier market analysis and replace the individual national and regional reports, which will be discontinued, effective Jan. 4, 2021.

During the transition to the new format, customers will continue to have seamless access to this reliable and unbiased data. Historical data will continue to be available using various platforms such as DataMart, LMR Web Service and the My Market News API.

Similar to the "Daily Direct Hog Report," the new reports will combine all daily regional purchase information from the eastern Corn Belt, Iowa-Minnesota and western Corn Belt prior day purchase reports with national information into a single report versus four separate reports. The reports will show purchase volumes by purchase type for barrows and gilts as well as for sows and boars on a carcass and live basis, along with volume data for the previous week and year and the state of origin.

Customers will also see an improved Negotiated Hog Purchase Matrix for barrows and gilts plus additional purchase type data for all classes not previously reported, specifically Other Market Formula and Other Purchase Arrangement purchases.

To access direct swine reports, visit www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/swine-direct-reports.

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