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USDA International Meat Review


24 July 2013

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USDA International Meat Review

Trade Highlights

Recently, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) published US red meat export and import data for May 2013. According to the figures, during May, US exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats totaled 97,825 MT. This was 13.2 percent higher than the previous month and was 2.7 percent higher than May 2012. More specifically, exports of fresh, chilled product equaled 32,451 MT, which was up 8.4 percent over the previous month and was up 7.3 percent over May 2012. Likewise, exports of frozen product were up 35.7 percent over the previous month and were up 2.4 percent over May 2012, equaling 35,889 MT. US beef variety meat exports during May fell 3.6 percent from April to 26,184 MT. Also, this was 1.3 percent lower than May 2012. Year-todate beef variety meat exports totaled 126,675 MT, 4.8 percent less than last year. During May, US beef exports to Japan rose 30.9 percent over the previous month to 28,122 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Japan were 56.5 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 88,093 MT. Japan was the main US beef export market with 20.0 percent of the total. During May, the US exported 15,140 MT of beef to Mexico, which was 5.9 percent lower than the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Mexico totaled 71,906 MT, 18.6 percent lower than last year. Beef exports to Canada during May rose 25.0 percent over the previous month to 13,975 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Canada were 8.1 percent more than last year, amounting to 69,462 MT. Overall, US total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 440,842 MT, which was 3.4 percent below the corresponding period a year ago.

US exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats during May totaled 177,640 MT. This was 4.2 percent higher than the previous month but was 3.4 percent lower than May 2012. Specifically, fresh, chilled pork exports totaled 61,198 MT, which was up 11.5 percent over the previous month and was up 3.9 percent over May 2012. Frozen pork exports totaled 67,246 MT, which was up 2.8 percent over the previous month but was down 12.6 percent from May 2012. During May, US pork variety meat exports fell 8.2 percent from the previous month to 33,448 MT. Also, this was a little lower than May 2012. Total year-todate pork variety meat exports were 4.4 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 180,579 MT. During May, the US exported 51,312 MT of pork to Mexico, which was slightly less than the previous month. Total year-to-date pork exports to Mexico equaled 237,052 MT, which was 2.3 percent lower than last year. Mexico was the largest US pork export market with 27.4 percent of the total. Pork exports to Japan during May rose 6.2 percent over the previous month to 37,085 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan were 8.7 percent less than last year, amounting to 180,297 MT. During May, the US exported 27,682 MT of pork to China. This was 14.9 percent higher than the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to China totaled 129,401 MT, 13.3 percent below a year ago. Overall, US total year-to-date exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 866,093 MT, 9.2 percent less than the same period a year ago.

During May, US beef and veal imports totaled 68,348 MT. This was down 11.8 percent from April and was down 15.8 percent from May 2012. Specifically, imports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 25,296 MT, which was 4.5 percent lower than the previous month and was 10.8 percent lower than May 2012. Imports of frozen beef equaled 40,162 MT, which was 16.4 percent lower than the previous month and was 20.6 percent lower than May 2012. During May, the US imported 20,032 MT of beef from New Zealand, which was 20.6 percent less than the previous month. Total year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand equaled 100,449 MT, 26.3 percent above a year ago. New Zealand was largest beef import market for the US with 29.2 percent of the total. US beef imports from Australia during May fell 11.2 percent from the previous month to 17,029 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia totaled 81,548 MT, which was 16.7 percent lower than last year. During May, the US imported 15,598 MT of beef from Canada, which was down 5.4 percent from the previous month. Total year-to-date beef imports from Canada were 19.6 percent lower than last year, amounting to 77,445 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Uruguay reached 13,433 MT, which was 34.3 percent greater than a year ago. Overall, US total year-to-date beef and veal imports equaled 343,855 MT, which was 1.0 percent below the same period a year ago.

US pork imports during May rose 3.2 percent over April and 15.7 percent over May 2012 to 31,006 MT. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork imports totaled 19,923 MT, which was up 6.1 percent over the previous month and was up 22.9 percent over May 2012. Frozen pork imports totaled 7,551 MT, which was up slightly over the previous month and was up 6.3 percent over May 2012. Pork imports from Canada during May rose 7.7 percent over the previous month to 25,599 MT. Year-to-date pork imports from Canada totaled 122,761 MT, which was 7.4 percent more than a year ago. Canada was the main supplier of pork to the US with 81.9 percent of the total. During May, pork imports from Denmark fell 23.2 percent from the previous month to 2,133 MT. Total year-to-date pork imports from Denmark were 17.9 percent less than last year, amounting to 11,444 MT. Overall, US total year-to-date pork imports equaled 149,947 MT, 4.4 percent more than the corresponding period a year ago. To obtain additional US trade data, visit the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

On July 10, 2013, USDA Secretary Vilsack announced that the USDA FAS had awarded fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding to more than 70 US agricultural organizations to help expand export markets. Under the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS will provide $172.7 million to 70 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. Under the Foreign Development Program (FMD), FAS will allocate $25.4 million to 26 trade organizations that represent agricultural producers. For a complete list of the agricultural organizations and funding levels, visit the USDA website http://www.usda.gov/documents/FY13-MAP-Allocations-Chart.pdf.

Pacific Rim

Recently, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) published Japan’s red meat import data for May 2013. According to the figures, during May, Japan imported 55,609 MT of beef. This was 21.6 percent higher than April and was 31.7 percent higher than May 2012. More specifically, imports of frozen beef equaled 32,951 MT, which was up 32.7 percent over the previous month and was up 41.9 percent over May 2012. Imports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 22,601 MT, which was up 8.4 percent over the previous month and was up 19.1 percent over May 2012. During May, Japan’s beef imports from Australia rose 17.5 percent over the previous month to 28,221 MT. Also, this was 8.0 percent higher than May 2012. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia were 6.5 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 117,655 MT. Australia was the main beef import market for Japan with 56.8 percent of the total. Japan’s beef imports from the US during May totaled 20,911 MT, which was 33.4 percent more than the previous month and was 92.4 percent more than May 2012. Additionally, this was the highest single month volume since the discovery of BSE in the US during December 2003. Total year-to-date beef imports from the US reached 61,598 MT, 37.9 percent greater than last year. Beef imports from New Zealand during May totaled 3,211 MT. Although this was 12.5 percent higher than the previous month, it was 3.2 percent lower than May 2012. Total year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were nearly unchanged from a year ago, amounting to 13,658 MT. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 206,990 MT, 6.7 percent above the same period a year ago. Japan’s beef marketings during April totaled 78,712 MT, 13.8 percent more than the previous month and 10.5 percent more than last year. Marketings of imported beef were up 20.1 percent over last year, equaling 47,332 MT. Domestic beef marketings totaled 31,380 MT, which was 1.4 percent lower than last year. At the end of April, Japan’s beef stocks amounted to 83,592 MT, which was down 2.2 percent from the previous month but was up 8.8 percent over a year ago. Stocks of imported beef equaled 73,488 MT, 11.1 percent more than last year. Stocks of domestic beef totaled 10,104 MT, 5.4 percent lower than a year ago.

During May, Japan imported 65,966 MT of pork. Although this was 6.4 percent more than the previous month, it was 9.2 percent less than May 2012. More specifically, frozen pork imports totaled 39,613 MT, which was 5.5 percent higher than the previous month but was 21.7 percent lower than May 2012. Fresh, chilled pork imports totaled 26,353 MT, which was 7.8 percent higher than the previous month and was 19.4 percent higher than May 2012. Pork imports from the US during May equaled 26,623 MT. This was up 12.3 percent over April but was down 11.4 percent from May 2012. Year-to-date pork imports from the US were 13.3 percent less than last year, amounting to 120,522 MT. The US was the largest supplier of pork to Japan with 39.2 percent of the total imports. During May, Japan’s pork imports from Canada fell 19.5 percent from April and 35.0 percent from May 2012 to 9,510 MT. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada equaled 56,935 MT, 16.9 percent lower than last year. Japan’s pork imports from Denmark during May totaled 11,114 MT, which was 20.5 percent greater than the previous month but was 10.6 percent less than May 2012. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 48,228 MT, 1.1 percent lower than a year ago. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 307,442 MT, 5.2 percent lower than the same period a year ago. Japan’s pork marketings during April increased 3.1 percent over the previous month and 6.2 percent over a year ago to 141,382 MT. Imported pork marketings totaled 60,153 MT, which was 4.1 percent more than last year. Marketings of domestic pork imports were up 7.8 percent over a year ago, equaling 81,229 MT. At the end of April, Japan’s pork stocks totaled 173,945 MT, which was down slightly from the previous month and was down 2.4 percent from a year ago. Stocks of imported pork totaled 152,965 MT, 2.8 percent less than a year ago. Stocks of domestic pork equaled 20,980 MT, slightly higher than last year. Additional data on Japan’s red meat trade can be found on the ALIC website at http://lin.alic.go.jp/alic/statis/dome/data2/e_nstatis.htm.

North America

Recently, CanFax released 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, on July 1, 2013, Canada’s cattle on feed totaled 748,137 head. This was slightly higher than one year ago but was 3.9 percent lower than the five year average. Cattle placed on feed during June equaled 54,369 head. This was down 17.4 percent from one year ago and was down 32.5 percent from the five year average. Steers placed on feed totaled 30,222 head, which comprised 55.6 percent of the total. Heifers placed on feed totaled 24,147 head. More specifically, placements of feeder cattle weighing less than 600 pounds equaled 3,326 head, which was 34.4 percent more than last year. Placements of feeders weighing 600 to 699 pounds totaled 2,798 head, 201.5 higher than a year ago. Placements of feeder cattle weighing 700 to 799 pounds declined 4.9 percent from last year to 5,236 head. Feeder cattle placements weighing more than 800 pounds totaled 43,009 head, which was 24.4 percent less than last year. According to CanFax, placements for the first half of 2013 were down 3.7 percent compared to 2012. In the meantime, Canada’s fed cattle marketings during June totaled 110,907 head. This was 19.7 percent less than one year ago and was 32.1 percent less than two years ago. To obtain the entire report, go to the CanFax website at http://www.canfax.ca/.

Oceania

Recently, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) released its Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries 2013. According to the report, the fiscal year to June 2013 has been harsh for the meat and wool sector as it experiences the most widespread drought since 1945/46, a strong New Zealand dollar, and prices for sheep meat and wool declining from the highs of the previous year. Sheep and beef numbers are expected to decline gradually to 2017 due to better dairy returns. Export receipts are forecast to increase due to a gradual boost in lamb and beef prices. To view the complete report, visit the B+LNZ website at http://www.beeflambnz.com/newsevents/ News/2013/june/situation-outlook-for-primary-industries/.

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