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10 May 2013

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Trade Highlights

US Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats Beef & Veal Exports for March 2013

*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. read meat export and import data for March 2013. According to the statistics, during March, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats equaled 83,612 MT. This was 3.2 percent lower than the previous month and was 6.9 percent lower than March 2012. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef exports totaled 29,240 MT, which was up 3.0 percent over the previous month and was up 2.6 percent over March 2012. Frozen beef exports totaled 29,454 MT, which was up 8.8 percent over the previous month but was down 10.8 percent from March 2012. During March, the U.S. exported 22,077 MT of beef variety meats. This was 21.4 percent less than the previous month and was 12.4 percent less than March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, total beef variety meat exports equaled 73,324 MT, which was 9.7 percent less than last year. Egypt was the largest market for beef variety meat exports with 40.5 percent, or 29,693 MT. During March, U.S. beef exports to Canada totaled 12,842 MT, which was 13.7 percent lower than the previous month. During the first quarter of the year, total beef exports to Canada were 20.3 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 44,306 MT. Canada was the primary U.S. beef export market with 17.3 percent of the total. Beef exports to Mexico during March fell 20.3 percent from February to 10,735 MT. Year-to-date beef exports to Mexico totaled 40,669 MT, 27.0 percent below a year ago. During March, the U.S. exported 18,566 MT of beef to Japan. This was 91.4 percent greater than the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Japan were 29.6 percent above a year ago, totaling 38,484 MT. Overall, during the first quarter of 2013, U.S. total beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 256,584 MT, which was 3.7 percent below the same period a year ago.

US Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats Pork Exports for March 2013

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

During March, U.S. exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats totaled 160,359 MT. This was 8.5 percent less than February and was 18.2 percent less than March 2012. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork exports equaled 50,862 MT, which was little changed from the previous month but was down 12.7 percent from March 2012. Frozen pork exports equaled 63,572 MT, which was down 3.9 percent from the previous month and was down 28.9 percent from March 2012. During March, the U.S. exported 28,604 MT of pork variety meats. This was 32.4 percent lower than the previous month and was 18.1 percent lower than March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, U.S. pork variety meat exports totaled 110,706 MT, 1.7 percent higher than last year. China was the largest buyer of U.S. pork variety meats with 43.0 percent, or 47,626 MT. U.S. pork exports to Mexico during March totaled 38,414 MT. This was down 9.0 percent from the previous month. During the first quarter, total pork exports to Mexico were 14.0 percent below last year, amounting to 133,995 MT. Mexico was the primary U.S. pork export market with 25.9 percent of the total. U.S. pork exports to Japan during March equaled 37,044 MT, which was 10.6 percent more than the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan totaled 108,279 MT, which was 11.1 percent less than last year. Pork exports to China during March fell 41.6 percent from the previous month to 18,906 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to China totaled 77,627 MT, 11.4 percent lower than last year. Overall, during the first quarter of 2013, U.S. exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats totaled 518,018 MT, 12.1 percent below the corresponding period a year ago.

US Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats Beef & Veal Imports for March 2013

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

During March, U.S. beef and veal imports equaled 72,699 MT. Although this was 24.9 percent higher than the previous month, it was 2.6 percent lower than March 2012. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 28,733 MT, which was up 27.7 percent over the previous month but was down 2.7 percent from March 2012. Likewise, frozen beef imports were up 27.6 percent over the previous month but were down 2.5 percent from March 2012, totaling 41,646 MT. During March, the U.S. imported 22,422 MT of beef from New Zealand. This was 36.9 percent more than February. During the first quarter, the U.S. imported 55,183 MT of beef from New Zealand, which was 28.5 percent above a year ago. New Zealand was the leading source for U.S. beef imports with 27.9 percent of the total. Beef imports from Canada during March rose 28.0 percent over the previous month to 17,689 MT. Yearto- date beef imports from Canada equaled 45,361 MT, 24.6 percent less than last year. During March, beef imports from Australia totaled 15,741 MT, 44.2 percent more than the previous month. During the first quarter, the U.S. imported 45,334 MT of beef from Australia, which was 6.3 percent lower than a year ago. Overall, during the first quarter of 2013, U.S. beef and veal imports totaled 197,997 MT, which was up 1.6 percent over the same period a year ago.

US Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats Pork Imports for March 2013

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

During March, U.S. pork imports totaled 30,349 MT. Although this was 3.4 percent higher than the previous month, it was 4.9 percent lower than March 2012. More specifically, imports of fresh, chilled pork rose 1.6 percent over the previous month and 2.5 percent over March 2012 to 19,530 MT. Imports of frozen pork totaled 7,186 MT, which was up 3.5 percent over the previous month but was down 17.3 percent from March 2012. U.S. pork imports from Canada during March equaled 24,774 MT, 1.8 percent higher than February. During the first quarter, the U.S. imported 73,400 MT of pork from Canada, which was 1.0 percent more than a year ago. Canada was the main supplier of pork to the U.S. with 82.6 percent of the total imports. During March, the U.S. imported 2,275 MT of pork from Denmark. This was 10.9 percent higher than the previous month. Total year-to-date pork imports from Denmark were 18.5 percent below last year, amounting to 6,535 MT. Overall, during the first quarter of 2013, U.S. total pork imports equaled 88,906 MT, which was a little less than the same period a year ago. Additional U.S. trade data is available on the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

North America

On April 25, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its annual Meat Animals Production, Disposition, and Income 2012 Summary report. According to the publication, in 2012, U.S. total gross income from cattle and calves, and hogs and pigs totaled $90.7 billion, which was up 6.4 percent over 2011. Gross income from cattle and calves in 2012 was up 7.9 percent over the previous year, amounting to $68.5 billion. During 2012, gross income from hogs and pigs rose 2.0 percent over 2011 to $22.2 billion. Cattle and calf production during 2012 equaled 41.2 billion pounds, which was 1.0 percent less than 2011. During 2012, hog and pig production increased 3.8 percent over 2011 to 32.2 billion pounds. During 2012, marketings of cattle and calves equaled 55.4 billion pounds, 1.3 percent less than 2011. Marketings of hogs and pigs during 2012 increased 4.4 percent over the previous year to 33.3 billion pounds. During 2012, the U.S. annual price per 100 pounds live weight for cattle and calves equaled $122.55, which was up from $112.09 in 2011. The average price for hogs and pigs in 2012 was $66.65, down from $68.22 in 2011. The entire report, which also includes information on cash receipts, inventories, births, deaths and home consumption, is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

US Federally Inspected Quarterly Livestock Slaughter From January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

On April 25, USDA NASS released its Livestock Slaughter report. According to the numbers, during the first quarter of 2013, U.S. cattle slaughter totaled 7.64 million head. This was 6.1 percent less than the previous quarter and was 3.1 percent less than a year ago. Beef production during the first quarter fell 6.1 percent from the previous quarter and 1.8 percent from a year ago to 6.09 billion pounds. At the end of March, live cattle weights equaled 1,315 pounds, which was 13 pounds heavier than a year ago. Meanwhile, U.S. hog slaughter during the first quarter of 2013 fell 8.4 percent from the previous quarter to 27.66 million head. This was slightly less than a year ago. First quarter pork production fell 7.4 percent from the previous quarter and 1.4 percent from a year ago to 5.74 billion pounds. Live hog weights at the end of March were two pounds less than last year, amounting to 277 pounds. Meanwhile, U.S. sheep and lamb slaughter during the first quarter fell 5.5 percent from the previous quarter to 499.0 thousand head. However, this was up 2.2 percent over a year ago. U.S. lamb and mutton production during the first quarter totaled 35.7 million pounds, which was 3.0 percent less than the previous quarter and was 3.5 percent less than a year ago. Goat slaughter during the first quarter of 2013 equaled 118.6 thousand head, which was 18.4 percent lower than the previous quarter and was 5.7 percent lower than a year ago. To obtain the complete monthly report, visit the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

South America

2013 Argentina Quarterly Beef Exports

Fresh, Processed, Offals, Hilton Cuts
Source: Senasa

Recently, Argentina’s National Service of Health, Food and Agriculture Quality (SENASA) published Argentina’s beef export numbers for the first quarter of 2013. The figures include fresh beef, offals, processed beef and Hilton cuts. During the first quarter of 2013, Argentina’s beef exports totaled 60,369 MT. This was up 7.2 percent over the previous quarter but was down 1.7 percent from a year ago. Argentina’s beef exports to Russia during the first quarter equaled 12,952 MT. This was 20.3 percent higher than the previous quarter but was 6.2 percent lower than a year ago. Russia was Argentina’s leading beef export market with 21.5 percent of the total. During the first quarter, Argentina exported 9,823 MT of beef to Hong Kong, which was 3.9 percent higher than the previous quarter and was 17.0 percent higher than last year. Hong Kong was Argentina’s second largest beef export market with 16.3 percent of the total. Beef exports to Chile during the first quarter were 6.8 percent less than the previous quarter but were 10.1 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 7,156 MT. During the first quarter, Argentina exported 5,609 MT of beef to Israel. This was up 82.2 percent over the previous quarter but was down 14.4 percent from a year ago. Beef exports to the U.S. during the first quarter fell 53.6 percent from the previous quarter and fell 55.2 percent from a year ago to 124 MT. During the first quarter of 2013, Argentina’s main fresh beef market was Chile with 30.4 percent of the total exports. Hong Kong was the leading offal export market with 31.4 percent of the total. Argentina’s largest processed beef export market was the Netherlands with 16.2 percent of the total. The main Hilton cut export market was Germany with 56.4 percent of the total. Of Argentina’s total beef exports during the first quarter of 2013, exports of offals accounted for 50.4 percent of the total, fresh beef comprised 38.8 percent, Hilton cuts accounted for 8.5 percent of the total, and processed beef exports made up 2.3 percent of Argentina’s total exports.

Oceania

Australia Beef & Veal Exports for April 2013

Source: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry

Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) recently published Australia’s red meat export data for April 2013. According to the statistics, during April, Australia’s beef and veal exports fell 2.7 percent from March to 85,332 MT. However, this was up 18.6 percent over April 2012. More specifically, exports of frozen beef totaled 63,365 MT, which accounted for 74.3 percent of the total. Exports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 21,967 MT. During April, Australia exported 23,115 MT of beef to Japan. This was 4.7 percent lower than the previous month and was 6.4 percent lower than April 2012. Total year-todate beef exports to Japan equaled 85,453 MT, which was 5.0 percent less than a year ago. Japan was Australia’s leading beef export market with 27.7 percent of the total. Beef exports to the U.S. during April fell 1.9 percent from the previous month and 7.5 percent from April 2012 to 17,722 MT. Year-todate beef exports to the U.S. totaled 64,795 MT, 20.1 percent below a year ago. During April, Australia exported 11,654 MT of beef to China. Although this was 5.4 percent less than the previous month, it was more than 37 times the volume of April 2012. Year-to-date beef exports to China were more than 26 times the amount a year ago, totaling 40,278 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to South Korea totaled 38,012 MT, 19.8 percent higher than last year. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date beef and veal exports equaled 308,754 MT, which was 9.8 percent greater than the same period a year ago.

Australia Lamb & Mutton Exports for April 2013

Source: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry

Australia’s lamb exports during April rose 1.2 percent over March and 8.9 percent over April 2012 to 15,483 MT. During April, Australia exported 4,796 MT of lamb to the Middle East. This was up nearly 1.0 percent over the previous month and was up 17.1 percent over April 2012. Year-to-date lamb exports to the Middle East totaled 18,654 MT, which was 36.0 percent above a year ago. The Middle East was Australia’s largest lamb export market with 29.3 percent of the total exports. Lamb exports to the U.S. during April equaled 3,024 MT, which was 17.0 percent greater than the previous month and was 14.2 percent greater than April 2012. Total year-to-date lamb exports to the U.S. were up 8.4 percent over last year, amounting to 12,990 MT. During April, Australia’s lamb exports to China equaled 2,353 MT. Although this was 13.2 percent lower than the previous month, it was 12.0 percent higher than April 2012. Year-to-date lamb exports to China totaled 11,171 MT, which was 32.1 percent above the same period last year. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date lamb exports equaled 63,560 MT, which was 14.7 percent more than the same period a year ago. In the meantime, during April, Australia’s mutton exports totaled 14,130 MT, which was 6.8 percent higher than March and was 113.9 percent higher than April 2012. Also, this was the highest single month volume since March 2009. Mutton exports to the Middle East during April rose 31.2 percent over the previous month and 36.1 percent over April 2012 to 5,105 MT. Total year-to-date mutton exports to the Middle East were 26.9 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 17,983 MT. The Middle East was Australia’s primary mutton export market with 33.1 percent of the total. During April, Australia exported 3,337 MT of mutton to China. This was down 1.9 percent from the previous month but was up 794.6 percent over April 2012. Year-to-date mutton exports to China totaled 14,493 MT, 517.8 percent more than last year. Mutton exports to the U.S. during April fell 39.1 percent from the previous month to 795 MT. However, this was 282.2 percent higher than April 2012. Year-to-date mutton exports to the U.S. were 127.6 percent higher than last year, totaling 3,976 MT. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date mutton exports equaled 54,293 MT, which was 79.6 percent above the same period a year ago. To obtain additional data on Australia’s red meat exports, visit the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

May 2013

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