USDA抯 Outlook for Livestock is More Bullish in 2021


By Ashley Davenport, Hoosier Ag Today

Feb 19, 2021


After a year of headwinds in 2020, USDA is forecasting a brighter picture for the livestock industry. During USDA抯 Outlook Forum, Chief Economist Seth Meyer says USDA is expecting growth in nearly all livestock categories for 2021.


揟his is kind of a combination of what has been robust domestic demand despite a contraction in 2020 GDP and also supported by good exports,?said Meyer.


A combination of strong domestic demand and good exports are what抯 needed to achieve these prices. For example, China抯 hog herd has been rebounding after African swine fever decimated half their hogs. That bounce has been happening quicker than expected, but they抮e still relying on U.S. pork.


揗uch of what has absorbed that growing pork production since 2016 has been a fair amount of exports, and we expect that to continue in 2021 ease a little bit perhaps,?said Meyer...