USDA delays implementation of enhancement to pork cutout

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is postponing to Oct. 31 from Sept. 12 implementation of an enhancement to the pork carcass cutout. The pork cutout is an estimated value for a hog carcass based on current wholesale prices paid for sub-primal pork cuts. AMS is adding muscle cuts (insides, outsides and knuckles) to the ham primal as a way to more accurately reflect today’s marketing environment and to capture more product to be included in the weighted average calculation. According to analysis from AMS, the enhanced cutout is expected to lower the overall carcass cutout value by an average of $1.41.

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