The U.S. Department of Agriculture resumed updates for some of its cattle and hog slaughter reports following a halt over the past week.
Reports including “Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection,” “Cow Slaughter Under Federal Inspection By Region and U.S. Total” and “U.S. Federally Inspected Slaughter By Region” were updated on Friday.
Those were among reports that the USDA hadn’t released since April 28. The USDA didn’t say why it halted the reports, which are closely followed by livestock industry traders and analysts as gauges of beef and pork supplies and demand.
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In April 28 web site postings, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services, which releases the reports, said data for some reports were currently unavailable, and it wasn’t known when the issue would be resolved.
The absence of the slaughter numbers stirred concern in the livestock trade, as some feared the lack of information would make it more difficult to assess market conditions and direction.
U.S. hog slaughter this year through the end of April totaled 35.8 million head, down 1.5 percent from the same period last year, according to a separate USDA report. Over the same period, cattle slaughter totaled 10.8 million head, little-changed compared to last year.