Ag News: Swine-Cattle Inventory Down
**National Farmers Union announced last week the Fairness for Farmers campaign that hopes to rally Americans to urge concrete steps to curtail consolidation in agriculture, which negatively impacts farmers, ranchers AND consumers.
NFU President Rob Larew says he hopes farmers and ranchers will share their stories online, engage with media, and build support for lawmakers and regulators to strengthen pro-competition laws and regulations.
**U.S. inventory of all swine and cattle are down in the latest USDA reports.
In last week’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs was 75.4 million head, down 4% from 2020, but up 1% from June.
The monthly Cattle on Feed report shows cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.2 million head on September 1st, down 1%.
**The USDA’s Economic Research Service released a report titled "The Market for Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics, 2012–17."
The report studies consumer attitudes for chicken raised without antibiotics and their purchases of classic, processed, and sausage product.
In 2012, the products only represented 4% of the classic market, 1% of the processed market, and 7% of the sausage market.
By 2017, the products represented 11, nine, and 18% of the markets, respectively.