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Industry Insight: Data Dashboards Enhance Livestock Reports

A screenshot of the Cattle Dashboard.  The livestock dashboards allow you to see weekly volume and price information presented in graphs and tables that can be customized for viewing and downloaded for use in reports and presentations.

A screenshot of the Cattle Dashboard. The livestock dashboards allow you to see weekly volume and price information presented in graphs and tables that can be customized for viewing and downloaded for use in reports and presentations.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is expanding upon its traditional Market News reports to create interactive dashboards.  The dashboards, first launched in the summer of 2010, provide quick, easy access to volume and price information for cattle, hogs, and sheep.  

Taking a more flexible and visual approach to reporting, the dashboards offer weekly data for cattle, hogs and sheep and daily tickers for cattle and hogs.  These user-friendly visualization tools bring market data to life and are a great complement to our traditional reports.

More interactive features are available for querying and viewing available market information. They include navigation tabs, maps, slide bars, drop-down menus, graphs, tables, market tickers, and data export options. This lets users draw from the data in a variety of ways, and adjust their view of the data.  The users’ guide provides a feature-by-feature overview of the dashboard.

AMS collects and publishes a high volume of information for five major commodity areas.  The goal of the livestock dashboards is to offer tools that help farmers, ranchers, and other industry stakeholders manage, sort, and view data in a way that’s most meaningful to them.

USDA Market News livestock dashboards are also a valuable resource for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group.  CME, which offers a wide variety of agricultural commodities futures and options available on any U.S. exchange, uses our data for feeder cattle and hog indexes. On a daily basis, they also use Market News reports for cash settlements and some of our Market News reporters are involved with CME live cattle deliveries.

Our tools and resources—specifically the livestock dashboards—were recently featured in an article in CME’s Daily Livestock Report.

USDA Market News has been providing market information on cotton, dairy, livestock and grains, poultry and eggs, and fruits and vegetables for over 90 years. By visiting USDA Market News you can view hundreds of pre-made commodity reports—including the livestock dashboards—or create a custom report to see only the information you need.

Get the same insight as the CME and other industry insiders—visit the livestock dashboards.

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