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Catfish Processing Down 23 Per Cent

US - Farm-raised catfish processed during September 2011 totaled 30.3 million pounds round weight, down 23 per cent from September 2010.

The average price paid to producers was $1.28 per pound for September 2011, down 0.2 cent from last month but 45.9 cents above a year ago.

Net pounds of processed fish sold during September 2011 totaled 13.4 million pounds, down 34 per cent from the comparable month in 2010.

Sales of fresh fish, at 4.13 million pounds, were down 38 per cent from September 2010 and represented 31 per cent of total sales.

Frozen fish sales, at 9.28 million pounds, were down 32 per cent from a year ago and accounted for the remaining 69 per cent of total fish sales.

Sales of whole fish represented 16 per cent of the total fish sold, fillets accounted for 58 per cent, and the remaining 26 per cent were mostly steaks, nuggets, and value added products. The total end of the month inventory increased 29 per cent from last month but was down 12 per cent from a year ago.

The total fresh and frozen average price for September 2011 was $3.72, up $1.22 from a year ago. The September 2011 average price received by processors for total fresh fish was $3.72 per pound, up $1.24 from last year.

Prices for fresh whole fish were $2.65 per pound, up $1.02 from September 2010. Prices for fresh fillets were up $1.64 from a year ago at $4.88 per pound.

Total frozen fish averaged $3.72 per pound, up $1.20 from September 2010. Prices for frozen whole dressed fish were up 92 cents at $3.17 and frozen fillets at $4.53 per pound were up $1.56 from a year ago.

Imports for consumption of Ictalurus spp., Pangasius spp., and other catfish of the order Siluriformes for August 2011 totaled 18.4 million pounds, up 85 per cent from the amount imported in August 2010.

Imports were from Cambodia, China, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The Ictalurus spp. imports totaled 39.0 thousand pounds, which were from China.

Fresh catfish fillet exports totaled 72.7 thousand pounds, all of which went to Canada. No exports of frozen catfish fillets for August 2011 were reported.

Special Note

Due to funding reductions, this is the last scheduled Catfish Processing report from the USDA NASS.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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