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New FAO Meat Price Index

The FAO Meat Price Index has been revised to better reflect the structure of world trade in meat products...

The FAO Meat Price Index - January 2017

The FAO Meat Price Index* averaged 156.7 points in January, almost unchanged from its revised value for December. A rise in quotations for bovine meat was counterbalanced by a fall for those of ovine meat and a small decrease for poultry and pig meat. In Australia, herd rebuilding constrained supplies of bovine meat for export and caused prices to climb. In the case of ovine meat, Oceania export prices dropped for the third month in a row, reflecting the seasonal slaughter peak and an associated boost in supply. Pig and poultry meat quotations also recorded their third month of decline, with a market characterized by generally abundant world supplies and stable demand.

* Unlike for other commodity groups, most prices utilised in the calculation of the FAO Meat Price Index are not available when the FAO Food Price Index is computed and published; therefore, the value of the Meat Price Index for the most recent months is derived from a mixture of projected and observed prices. This can, at times, require significant revisions in the final value of the FAO Meat Price Index.

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