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Cooperative Crop and Livestock Reporting Service (Wis.); Federal-State Crop and Livestock Reporting Service (Wis.); Federal-State Crop Reporting Service (Wis.) / Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter
Vol. XL ([covers January 1961/December 1961])

Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter. Vol. XL, no. 2,   pp. [1]-4 PDF (1.8 MB)


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WISCONSIN CROP AND LIVESTOCK REPORTER
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lion eggs during January compared
with 194 million during January last
year. Egg production on the state's
farms last month was 20 percent be-
low the 5-year average for January
and the smallest number produced for
the month since 1942.
For the nation as a whole, farm
flocks laid 5 percent fewer eggs in
January than they did a year ago.
This decrease also resulted from a
smaller number of layers and a lower
rate of production per bird. The 5,137
million eggs produced on farms in the
nation last month was the smallest
production for January since 1954.
Egg production in the nation dur-
ing February probably will be below
February last year. The number of
layers in farm flocks on February 1
was down 4 percent from a year
earlier. Layer numbers were down
from a year ago in all regions of the
nation except the West. The rate of
production per layer at the beginning
of February was about equal the rate
on February 1 last year.
Farm Products Prices
Up as Year Begins
Wisconsin's index of prices re-
ceived by farmers for products sold
during January at 260 percent of the
1910-14 average was up 9 percent
from a year ago and the highest for
the month since 1954.
Accompanying the gain in prices
received was a 1 percent increase in
the index of prices paid by farmers
for goods and services used in farm
production and family living. This
index does not reflect the increases
over a year ago in interest, taxes, and
wage rates paid by farmers. The in-
dex of prices paid at 303 percent of
the 1910-14 average set an all-time
high for January.
Purchasing power of Wisconsin
farm products at 86 percent of the
1910-14 average was nearly 8 percent
higher than reported for January last
year. Purchasing power is the ratio
of prices received to prices paid.
While showing a substantial gain
over a year ago, January marks the
beginning of the ninth year in which
the index of purchasing power has
been below 100 percent in all months.
Contributing to the rise in the level
of prices received by the state's
farmers are increases over January
last year of nearly 7 percent for
milk, 17 percent for meat animals,
and 38 percent for eggs. Crop prices
as a whole show no change from a
year ago and poultry prices are off
3 percent. Although above a year ago,
egg prices were practically unchanged
from the averages for January 1958
and 1959.
Prices received for milk sold by
Wisconsin farmers in January aver-
aged $3.70 a hundred pounds of milk
of average test. This price was 24
cents above the January 1960 average
and the highest for the month since
1953.
The index of meat animal prices
rose above the level of 1960 mainly as
a result of a gain of $5 per hundred-
weight for hogs. Farmers in the state
received prices per hundredweight in
January averaging $16.10 for hogs,
$14.00 for cows, $21.40 for steers and
heifers, $22.40 for calves, $15.10 for
lambs, and $3.80 for sheep.
Prices received by the nation's
farmers in January were 4 percent
above the level of a year ago, and a
slight gain was reported in the index
of prices paid. Purchasing power of
farm products was up nearly 4 per-
cent from January last year.
Wisconsin Farmers Upped
Livestock Sales in 1960
Wisconsin farmers sent more live-
stock to packers and stockyards last
year than they did in 1959. Increases
over 1959 in marketings include nearly
3 percent for cattle, 4 percent for
calves, 1 percent for hogs, and 10 per-
cent for sheep.
Preliminary figures for 1960 mar-
ketings include 753,048 head of cattle,
1,193,526 calves, 2,673,039 hogs, and
168,869 sheep. Sales to packers and
stockyards last year were below the
total for 1958 except for hogs. Hog
marketings by the state's farmers
were the largest since 1956.
Sales by Wisconsin farmers to
packers and stockyards were the high-
est for cattle in 1957 and for calves
in 1956. Hog marketings were the
largest in 1944. The annual sale of
sheep to packers and stockyards
reached its peak in 1932.
Movement of Wisconsin Livestock
to Packers and Stockyards, 1940-60
Year      Cattle    eCalves_    Hgs             ep
Number of head
1940       457,493   1,066,900   2,388,426    318,475
1941---    495,458   1,130,186   2,314,741    328,119
1942       601,903   1,19 559    2 657 411    363,476
1943.   - 464,710    1,133,752   2,983 076    409,608
1944       605, 653   , 313,023  3,224, 756   369,426
1945       566,021   1I,217,446   1,976,222   343,678
1946-      468,870   1,132,178   2,083,997    331, 255
1947       654,220   1,294,086   2,151,518    281,300
1948       563 657   1,201 619   2,242,424    286 155
1949       542 059   ',213 288   2,534,689   201,705
1950.      608,319   1,103,974   2,761 ,074   195,093
195L   ..  558,847   1,053,846   2,870,864    164,245
1952       530,180   1,124,696   3,040,207    183,939
1953       633,760   1 345,373   2,620,933    226,053
1954.      702,770   1,452,507   2,460,476    201,222
1955 -     771,018   1 508,775   2,811,875    201,677
1956.      761,361   1,537,267   2,974,386    201,853
1957.      793,699   1,469,751   2,589,382    195,616
1958.      790,021   1,263,127   2,502,727    177,306
1959  -    733,539   I,150,400   2,639,305    153,250
1960' -    753,048   1,193,526   2,673,039    168,869
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