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26 November 2012

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According to the numbers, during September, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats equaled 90,539 MT. This was 9.9 percent lower than the previous month and was 17.3 percent lower than September 2011.
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US Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats Beef & Veal Exports for September 2012

*The year-to-date totals include variety meats.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service/U.S. Census Bureau

Recently, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released U.S. red meat export and import data for September 2012. According to the numbers, during September, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats equaled 90,539 MT. This was 9.9 percent lower than the previous month and was 17.3 percent lower than September 2011. Specifically, exports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 27,339 MT, which was down 13.9 percent from the previous month and was down 21.2 percent from September 2011. Exports of frozen beef equaled 34,049 MT, which was down 12.9 percent from the previous month and was down 12.1 percent from September 2011. During September, the U.S. exported 26,011 MT of beef variety meats. This was 1.8 percent less than the previous month and was 20.4 percent less than September 2011. During the first three quarters of the year, U.S. beef variety meat exports were 10.1 percent below a year ago, amounting to 242,972 MT. Egypt was the largest beef variety meat export market with 81,359 MT, or 33.5 percent of the total. During September, the U.S. exported 11,540 MT of beef to Mexico, which was 36.5 percent lower than the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Mexico totaled 151,767 MT, 20.9 percent less than last year. Mexico was the main beef export market for the U.S. with 17.8 percent of the total. Exports of beef to Canada during September rose 1.5 percent over August to 14,252 MT. During the first three quarters of the year, beef exports to Canada totaled 125,624 MT, which was 13.5 percent lower than a year ago. Total year-to-date beef exports to Japan were unchanged from a year ago, amounting to 121,207 MT. Overall, U.S. total beef and veal and beef variety meat exports during the first three quarters of 2012 equaled 850,447 MT, which was 11.9 percent below the same period a year ago.

US Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats Pork Exports for September 2012

*The year-to-date totals include variety meats.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service/U.S. Census Bureau

During September, U.S. exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats totaled 180,882 MT. This was up 5.2 percent over August but was relatively unchanged from September 2011. Specifically, exports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 59,680 MT, which was 1.8 percent higher than the previous month and was 16.5 percent higher than September 2011. Exports of frozen pork equaled 72,214 MT, which was 4.8 percent higher than the previous month but was 9.5 percent lower than September 2011. During September, U.S. exports of pork variety meats rose 12.6 percent over the previous month and 1.0 percent over September 2011 to 33,538 MT. During the first three quarters of the year, pork variety meat exports were 14.2 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 291,169 MT. Mexico was the leading U.S. pork variety meat export market with 113,763 MT, which accounted for 39.1 percent of the total. Pork exports to Mexico during September equaled 50,593 MT, slightly higher than the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to Mexico totaled 432,696 MT, 14.8 percent more than last year. Mexico was the main U.S. pork export market with 26.5 percent of the total. During September, the U.S. exported 36,913 MT of pork to Japan. This was down 7.0 percent from the previous month. During the first three quarters of the year, pork exports to Japan were 6.2 percent less than last year, totaling 344,302 MT. Total year-to-date pork exports to China equaled 245,298 MT, which was 13.1 percent higher than a year ago. Overall, U.S. total exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats during the first three quarters of 2012 equaled 1,630,858 MT, which was 2.3 percent greater than the corresponding period a year ago.

US Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats Beef & Veal Imports for September 2012

*The year-to-date totals do not include variety meats.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service/U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. beef and veal imports during September fell 22.1 percent from August to 47,700 MT. Also, this was down 12.4 percent from September 2011. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 19,858 MT, which was 19.0 percent lower than the previous month and was 25.3 percent lower than September 2011. Frozen beef imports totaled 25,431 MT, which was 26.3 percent lower than the previous month but was 7.8 percent higher than September 2011. During September, the U.S. imported 14,227 MT of beef from Australia. This was 23.0 percent less than the previous month. During the first three quarters of the year, the U.S. imported 165,249 MT of beef from Australia, which was 46.2 percent greater than last year. Australia was the primary source for U.S. beef imports with 27.9 percent of the total.

US Beef and Veal Imports Year-to-Date 2012

U.S. beef imports from Canada during September equaled 12,198 MT, which was 21.6 percent less than the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from Canada were down 13.3 percent from a year ago, amounting to 154,331 MT. U.S. beef imports from New Zealand during September equaled 6,453 MT, which was 48.4 percent less than the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were up 5.5 percent over a year ago, amounting to 141,964 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Mexico were 49.0 percent greater than last year, totaling 65,693 MT. Overall, during the first three quarters of 2012, U.S. beef and veal imports were 10.4 percent above the corresponding period a year ago, amounting to 592,524 MT.

US Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats Pork Imports for September 2012

*The year-to-date totals do not include variety meats.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service/U.S. Census Bureau

During September, U.S. pork imports equaled 25,990 MT, which was 13.0 percent less than August and was 4.6 percent less than September 2011. Specifically, imports of fresh, chilled pork totaled 16,437 MT, which was 16.2 percent lower than the previous month and was 1.1 percent lower than September 2011. Imports of frozen pork totaled 5,837 MT, which was 4.9 percent lower than the previous month and was 7.3 percent lower than September 2011. During September, the U.S. imported 20,869 MT of pork from Canada, which was down 14.5 percent from the previous month. During the first three quarters of the year, total pork imports from Canada were nearly unchanged from a year ago, equaling 204,971 MT. Canada was the leading provider of pork to the U.S. with 79.8 percent of the total imports. During September, U.S. pork imports from Denmark fell 3.5 percent from the previous month to 2,195 MT. Year-todate pork imports from Denmark totaled 24,569 MT, which was 3.0 percent below last year. Overall, U.S. total pork imports during the first three quarters of 2012 equaled 256,982 MT, 1.8 percent higher than the same period a year ago. To obtain additional data on U.S. trade, visit the FAS website at http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/default.aspx.

Oceania

Australian Cattle On Feed July 1 to September 30, 2012

Source: Australian Lot Feeders' Association, Meat & Livestock Australia

Recently, the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) published the results of Australia’s third quarter cattle on feed survey. According to the data, as of September 30, 2012, Australia’s cattle on feed totaled 717,145 head. This was 9.1 percent lower than the previous quarter, driven by higher feed prices and weaker export demand. However, this was a little higher than a year ago. Queensland had the majority of Australia’s cattle on feed with 462,510 head, or 64.5 percent. This was up 6.4 percent over the previous quarter. Queensland and New South Wales combined had 91.8 percent of Australia’s total cattle on feed, which amounted to 658,583 head. Australia’s feedlot capacity during the third quarter equaled 1,279,698 head. This was 1.0 percent higher than the previous quarter and was 2.2 percent higher than a year ago. The state of Queensland had the largest feedlot capacity with 634,163 head, which accounted for 49.6 percent of the total. Combined, Queensland and New South Wales had a feedlot capacity of 1,052,575 head, which comprised 82.3 percent of Australia’s total capacity. Australia’s capacity utilization was at 56 percent, compared to 62 percent the previous quarter and 57 percent a year ago. Australia’s cattle marketings during the third quarter fell 9.3 percent from the previous quarter to 584,364 head. Also, this was down 9.7 percent from a year ago. Through the third quarter, Australia’s cattle slaughter totaled 4.88 million head. This was down 1.6 percent from one year ago and was down 3.3 percent from two years ago. The complete report is available on the ALFA website at http://www.feedlots.com.au/.

North America

US Cattle on Feed

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

North America On November 16, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its monthly Cattle on Feed report. According to the data, cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head on November 1, 2012 equaled 11.25 million head. This was 5.3 percent less than one year ago and was 2.1 percent less than two years ago. This is the third consecutive month that cattle on feed numbers have been lower than the previous year. During October, 2.18 million head of cattle were placed on feed, which was down 12.5 percent from one year ago and was down 13.0 percent from two years ago.

US Cattle on Feed November 1

This is the lowest cattle placements for the month of October since the series began in 1996 due to smaller calf crops, droughts and high feed costs. Placements declined in each weight category from a year ago. More specifically, placements of feeder cattle weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 680,000 head, which was 19.0 percent less than last year. Placements weighing 600 to 699 pounds were down 14.4 percent from last year, amounting to 505,000 head. Feeder cattle placements weighing 700 to 799 pounds equaled 435,000 head, 10.7 percent lower than a year ago. Finally, placements of feeder cattle weighing more than 800 pounds totaled 560,000 head, which was 2.6 percent less than last year. In the meantime, during October, fed cattle marketings rose 2.8 percent over one year ago and 5.9 percent over two years ago to 1.84 million head. The entire report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

On November 21, USDA NASS released its monthly Cold Storage report. According to the numbers, on October 31, 2012, beef in U.S. cold storage totaled 423.8 million pounds. This was 1.6 percent higher than a year ago but was 3.8 percent lower than the five year average. Meanwhile, as of October 31, U.S. pork in cold storage equaled 606.2 million pounds. This was 24.0 percent more than the previous month and was 16.7 percent more than the five year average. The complete report can be found on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

Canadian Cattle On Feed in Alberta & Saskatchewan Feedlots

Source: CanFax

CanFax recently published Canada’s current cattle on feed numbers for terminal feedlots with 1,000 or more head in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. According to the data, the number of cattle on feed in Canada totaled 774,201 head on November 1, 2012. This was 11.5 percent less than one year ago and was 13.3 percent less than the five year average. Also, this was the lowest level since the series began in 2000. Cattle placed on feed during October totaled 246,390 head, which was down 22.4 percent from one year ago and was down 18.7 percent from the five year average. The number of steers place on feed totaled 164,960 head, which accounted for 67.0 percent of the total placements. Heifers placed on feed totaled 81,430 head. Placement of feeder cattle declined in each weight category from a year ago. More specifically, placements of feeder cattle weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 43,493 head, which was 27.1 percent less than last year. Placements weighing 600 to 699 pounds were 39.5 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 43,890 head. Placements weighing 700 to 799 pounds equaled 31,333 head, 18.0 percent less than a year ago. Finally, placements of feeder cattle weighing over 800 pounds totaled 127,674 head, which was down 13.1 percent from last year. Meanwhile, during October, Canada’s fed cattle marketings fell 7.8 percent from the previous month to 129,540 MT. Also, this was 13.8 percent less than the five year average. The complete report is available on the CanFax website at http://www.canfax.ca/.

Pacific Rim

South Korea Red Meat Imports Beef Imports for October 2012

Source: Korea International Trade Association

Recently, the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) published South Korea’s beef and pork import numbers for October 2012. According to the data, during October, South Korea imported 24,707 MT of beef, which was 10.6 percent more than the previous month but was 5.2 percent less than October 2011. This was the largest monthly volume since October 2011. Specifically, imports of frozen beef totaled 21,515 MT, which comprised 87.1 percent of the total. Imports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 3,192 MT. South Korea’s beef imports from Australia during October rose 17.2 percent over September and 9.2 percent over October 2011 to 13,504 MT. Also, this was the highest single month volume since September 2011. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia totaled 110,918 MT, which was 12.6 percent below last year due to weak demand. Australia was the primary beef import market for South Korea with 50.3 percent of the total. During October, South Korea imported 8,446 MT of beef from the U.S. This was nearly unchanged from the previous month but was down 19.0 percent from October 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from the U.S. were 15.6 percent less than last year, amounting to 82,606 MT. Beef imports from New Zealand increased 12.5 percent over the previous month to 2,516 MT. However, this was down 1.0 percent from October 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand equaled 23,581 MT, 22.1 percent less than a year ago. Overall, South Korea’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 220,623 MT, which was 15.0 percent below the corresponding period a year ago. In the meantime, South Korea’s pork imports during October totaled 27,548 MT. Although this was up 1.0 percent over the previous month, it was down 8.7 percent from October 2011. During October, South Korea imported 7,923 MT of pork from the U.S., which was 2.5 percent less than the previous month but was 23.0 percent more than October 2011. Year-to-date pork imports from the U.S. were 21.7 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 107,016 MT. The U.S. was the main supplier of pork to South Korea with 32.3 percent of the total imports. Pork imports from Canada during October fell 12.3 percent from the previous month and 23.4 percent from October 2011 to 3,874 MT. Additionally, this was the lowest single month volume since September 2010. Total yearto- date pork imports from Canada equaled 49,431 MT, which was 29.0 percent less than last year. During October, South Korea imported 3,803 MT from Chile. This was 18.7 percent more than the previous month and was 33.4 percent more than October 2011. Year-to-date pork imports from Chile totaled 32,284 MT, which was down 9.4 percent from last year. Overall, South Korea’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 331,163 MT, 22.7 percent less than the same period a year ago. Additional data on South Korea’s red meat trade can be found on the KITA website at http://www.kita.org/.

November 2012

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