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Weekly column from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Thanksgiving is a celebration of the harvest and the abundance of food we are able to share with our friends and family. This Thanksgiving, take a moment to thank the farmers and ranchers who make our nation’s agricultural abundance possible. Without them, the safe, abundant and affordable food we’ll put on our tables at Thanksgiving would not be possible.
At the same time, this Thanksgiving, it is important to remember those less fortunate. Many people will donate time, food or other resources to a food bank to brighten the holiday for families in their communities, and I am proud Read more of Vilsack’s Thanksgiving message. →
In today’s report we have the Chicken and Egg Report, the Fluid Milk and Cream Review, the California FOB Price for NFDM, the Cold Storage Report, the Broiler Hatchery Report, the Butter and Cheese Report, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report and the ending market numbers for other commodities.
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Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Up 3 Percent
Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 216 million eggs in incubators during the week ending November 22, 2014, up 3 percent from a year ago. Hatcheries in the 19 State weekly program set 208 million eggs in incubators during the week ending November 22, 2014, up 3 percent from the year earlier. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 83 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier. Read the full report. →
Butter manufacturers are finished churning print butter for Thanksgiving orders, and are now gearing up production for end of the year holiday orders. Cream availability is expected over the holiday as manufacturers are using stocks on hand. According to the National Dairy Retail Report, U.S. butter prices showed a weighted average price of $3.28 per one pack compared to $3.63 two weeks ago and $2.29 a year ago. Butter ads increased 37% from two weeks ago. Western advertised prices for 1# packs ranged from $2.50 – 4.99 per pound. The weighted average price for butter in the Northwest was $3.61 and $3.96 in the Southwest. Butter prices at the CME Group on Tuesday closed at $1.9900. Trading at the exchange is limited to the first three days of the holiday week. Read the full report and prices. →
Prices are steady. The undertone is firm. Demand continues moderate to very good with offerings light to occasionally moderate. Supplies are light to moderate. Market activity is moderate. Get benchmark prices. →
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by Karen Ross, California Agriculture Secretary
What’s on the table for the Thanksgiving feast is often a matter of household tradition. In my family, that means turkey with all the fixings! Maybe your traditional Thanksgiving is much the same, but it’s good to know that here in California our bountiful crops and agricultural products make the options pretty inspiring. Whatever is on your family’s table – including flowers – Californians are blessed to live in this beautiful, productive and diverse place, and consumers all over the world are thankful for what our farmers provide. Please read more. →
Milk production in California is building steadily in most areas as weather throughout the state moderates. Sales to fluid plants are active in the early part of this week, but those sales lower across the long holiday weekend. Sale barns are regularly scheduling auctions for dairy operators choosing to either reduce herd sizes or disperse completely as sale prices for cows are strong. Recent auction prices on excellent quality Holstein cows ranged from $2,300 to $2,800. Dry cow prices stretched from $2,300 to $2,525. Dairy operator interest in contracting new crop alfalfa hay is light to moderate as buyers are unsure about future milk prices. October 2014 Pool Receipts of milk in California Read the full report. →