New interactive dashboards deliver livestock data
May 6, 2011
by Meat&Poultry Staff
WASHINGTON – New interactive dashboards, which allow users to view data for slaughter swine and lamb markets in an easy-to-use, customizable way, have been released by the US Department of Agriculture.
Dashboards provide users with quick, easy access to volume and price information that can be customized and downloaded, USDA said. Dashboards are user-friendly visualization tools that bring market data to life and complement the existing data available through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Market News site.
“This will help display information in graphs, charts and other ways that are meaningful and useful to our customers,” said Rayne Pegg, AMS administrator. “AMS collects and publishes a great deal of information under Livestock Mandatory Reporting, and these tools help manage, sort, and view data in a way that creates perspective.”
Thanks to adding these commodities, the Dashboards now provide weekly data for all three species covered by Livestock Mandatory Reporting: cattle, hogs and sheep. They also include daily tickers for cattle and hogs.
Modeled after the Cattle Dashboard, the new Swine and Lamb Dashboards include the same types of interactive features for querying and viewing slaughter hog and lamb market information, such as navigation tabs, maps, slide bars, drop down menus, graphs, tables, daily market tickers, and download capabilities. Users can opt to view data on a national basis or sort by regions. Click here to view the Swine and Lamb Dashboards
. A Users’ Guide is also available that provides a feature-by-feature overview of the Dashboard.