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CME: Inventory of Frozen Meat Down
US - USDA's monthly Cold Storage report, released on 22 November, indicates that the total inventory of frozen meat and poultry as of 31 October was smaller than either last month or the October 2010, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.
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Detailed data appear in the table on page 2 of the full report (see link below).
Some key features are:
Total meat and poultry in freezers on 31 October amounted to 2.034 billion pounds, 4.4 per cent smaller than on 30 September and 1.6 per cent smaller than one year ago.
This is the closest that freezer inventories have gotten to the two billion pound level this year after spending much of last year below two billion pounds.
The decline in frozen stocks was led, as one would expect in October, by a sharp reduction in turkey inventories to 407.167 million pounds, 20 per cent lower than at the end of September and 3.7 per cent lower than last year. The normal further reduction of inventories in November will likely draw turkey stocks down to under 200 million pounds.
Chicken inventories were 5.3 per cent lower than one year ago but increased in October by 26 million pounds or 3.9 per cent. That increase in chicken stocks does not bode well given that production during October, based on weekly data, was down 6.9 per cent.
Chicken leg products were the main contributor to the October increase in freezer stocks, growing by just over 28 million pounds or 20 per cent from the end of September. When placed against the dramatic (at least, by chicken industry standards!) year-on-year reduction in production, this increase in leg product stocks suggest that October chicken exports were soft, to say the least.
Breast and breast meat stocks remain sharply larger (26.9 per cent) than last year but were steady for the month. But again — versus a nearly seven per cent reduction in production, steady inventories provide little encouragement regarding product movement.
Pork inventories actually declined in October by 0.2 per cent from their 30 September level. That’s not unheard of but is still pretty unusual (three times in the past 12 years) given that October is usually the peak month for pork production due to seasonally larger hog supplies and there being no holidays during the month. Inventories of 490.695 million pounds were 1.9 per cent larger than one year ago.
Belly inventories led the year-on-year decline in percentage terms (-63 per cent) and were second in tonnage terms (-14.637 million pounds). Ham inventories were 13.2 per cent lower than one year ago at 134.125 million pounds. That figure is over 20 million pounds lower than one year ago. Stocks of all other cuts except variety meats were higher than last year.
Hams – as expected – accounted for nearly all of the October reduction in frozen pork stocks, falling by nearly 30 million pounds (18 per cent) from 30 September.
Beef inventories of 414.215 million pounds were virtually even with one year ago and were 3.1 per cent lower than last month. Stocks of boneless beef were 2.5 per cent higher than one year ago.
How much money is “product shrink" costing your clinic?
A recent in-house survey of AABP members showed 21% of respondents believe their product shrink is could be over 5%, and well over half said shrink could cost them $1,000 to $10,000 per year, while one-fifth said their operational shrink could be $10,000 to $50,000 yearly.
Further, the survey showed more than 70% of shrink was happening in the field, not at the clinic.
Dr. Eric Rooker of Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services in Wisconsin recently shared how their group cut shrink from almost 13% to less than 1% over a two-year period. He says in the Dairy Doctors group, shrink happened by a variety of common means, such as leaving a bottle of medicine on a farm, picking up medicines from the storeroom and not making note of it, then forgetting to add it to a ticket, or just failing to list products used on a farm call on an invoice.
Dr. Rooker talked to the partners about this issue and took on the project to bring their clinic's shrink in line with what he believed was a reasonable level of 1% or less. Here's how he says he arrived at that assumption:
"I cannot find any published recommendations for large animal practice shrink. Due to this I have used the US retail industries benchmark of 1.5% (2018 numbers are 1.33%). However, given we don't have to contend with theft (generally), I would argue that we should be able to get about 1%."
Retail theft is estimated at about 36% of the 1.33% measure, Dr. Rooker says, and employee theft was 33% in the 2017 National Retail Security Survey. Based on those facts, he said he decided it was realistic to think it possible they could get under 1% in veterinary practices.
Dr. Rooker said research and reckoning told him a successful inventory management system needed these four attributes:
2. Real-time synchronization
3. Ease of use for all
4. Quick usage to match ease
He says he looked at several systems which might but used as they are, or adapted to fit your operation. His group chose Animal Health International's Pharmacy Inventory Control System, but Dr. Rooker did not elaborate extensively on this program because he did not want to appear to be endorsing one product.
Dr. Rooker says based on his experience, clinics wanting to start down the path of better inventory management need first to make a true commitment to the transition. Know also that typically the older vets have the most resistance to the change, he adds.
Second, you need to thoroughly explore your options to see what programs and systems might work best. Among other things, keep in mind the statistic that most shrink of inventory happens in the field, which should tell you a mobile capability is a necessity.
Third, you need to appoint your inventory manager. Expect that employee to commit a significant amount of time to the work and make it possible for them. Depending on the operation, this may amount to one-fourth or more of the employee's time.
Fourth, Dr. Rooker says, put the system in place and go forward.
In the Dairy Doctors practice one technician is 100% responsible for ordering all drugs. He says this not only provides a better handle on inventory and purchases, but reduces the chances for inventory error accumulation.
Also, vet techs now handle all the inventory in house, from shelving and logging it into the system, to stocking it in the trucks. This helps eliminate the veterinarian as the primary source of loss, Dr. Rooker says.
Further, it's important the veterinarians form a habit of creating an invoice for the customer and including products used before leaving the farm. Dr. Rooker says he does this on his smartphone before leaving the driveway.
Besides saving thousands of dollars of previously lost inventory, the Dairy Doctors service has leveraged its inventory management system to serve clients as well, further reducing any costs they incur.
"We defray the cost of this system by providing inventory management to our clients," Dr. Rooker says. "We have about five large herds that do no inventory or stocking; they rely completely on us.
They are able to bill out about $40 per hour tech time and each dairy requires about 15 to 60 minutes per week to do this task. Add that up over time and you can get a nice payment toward the system, Dr. Rooker says.
"Finally, we have been able to package this service with other services our technicians can provide to the client, therefore getting them to use us a little more because we are there already," he adds.
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Dr. Rooker says the clinic must support its inventory manager.
Eric Rooker's 4 tips
Support your inventory manager. Don't just grab drugs off the shelves, for example. Always talk to one of your inventory people so changes get recorded.
Keep doctors involved. Every time one of the veterinarians takes a drug off the truck, they need to think about whether the number of drugs on the truck match the inventory number.
Don't sweat the small stuff. Manage all disposables by the box or package. Don't waste your inventory manager's time counting needles, for example.
Remember nobody is perfect. Despite the best efforts of all, you will still lose some products. Identify the source of the loss, discuss it at a team meeting, and set a minimum goal for loss in this category, then move on.