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05 August 2013

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USDA International Meat Review

North America

On July 19, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its monthly Cattle on Feed report. According to the data, on July 1, 2013, cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head equaled 10.37 million head. This was 3.2 percent less than one year ago and was slightly less than two years ago. The number of cattle placed on feed during June totaled 1.59 million head. This was down 4.6 percent from one year ago and was down 6.4 percent from two years ago. The number of steers and steer calves placed on feed equaled 6.53 million head, 3.1 percent lower than a year ago. This accounted for 63.0 percent of the total number placed on feed. Heifers and heifer calves places on feed totaled 3.78 million head, which was 3.5 percent lower than a year ago. More specifically, placements of feeder cattle weighing less than 600 pounds were down 31.5 percent from last year, totaling 315,000 head. Placements of feeder cattle weighing 600 to 699 pounds equaled 232,000 head, 27.5 percent less than a year ago. Placements weighing 700 to 799 head were 6.4 percent higher than a year ago, totaling 415,000 head. Finally, placements weighing more than 800 pounds equaled 625,000 head, which was 26.5 percent more than last year. In the meantime, during June, fed cattle marketings totaled 1.90 million head. This was 3.6 percent lower than one year ago and was 9.4 percent lower than two years ago. To obtain the entire report, visit the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.



On July 22, USDA NASS released its monthly Cold Storage report. According to the data, of June 30, 2013, beef in U.S. cold storage facilities equaled 480.6 million pounds. This was 2.5 percent more than the previous month and was 10.3 percent more than the five year average. Specifically, the volume of boneless beef in cold storage totaled 433.5 million pounds, which was 8.2 percent higher than the five year average. Beef cuts in storage were 30.7 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 47.2 million pounds. Meanwhile, as of June 30, U.S. pork in cold storage equaled 564.9 million pounds, which was 4.7 percent less than the previous month. However, this was 8.6 percent more than the five year average. More specifically, hams in storage totaled 161.1 million pounds, 9.3 percent greater than a year ago. Pork bellies in storage numbered 42.7 million pounds, which was 12.8 percent lower than last year. The volume of loins in cold storage was down 7.1 percent from a year ago, amounting to 29.2 million pounds. Pork ribs in storage totaled 56.8 million pounds, which was 21.1 percent less than last year. Butts in storage equaled 16.3 million pounds, 44.6 percent below last year. The volume of pork trimmings in storage increased 4.0 percent over a year ago to 48.3 million pounds. Veal in U.S. cold storage facilities on June 30 equaled 5.6 million pounds, which was 57.6 percent more than last year. Lamb and mutton in storage totaled 19.1 million pounds, 15.1 percent lower than a year ago. The complete report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.



On July 25, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its Livestock Slaughter report. According to the data, during the second quarter of 2013, U.S. cattle slaughter totaled 8.20 million head. This was 7.3 percent more than the previous quarter and was slightly more than a year ago. During the second quarter, U.S. beef production rose 5.9 percent over the previous quarter to 6.44 billion pounds. Also, this was a little higher than a year ago. At the end of June, the average live cattle weight was 1,309 pounds, 16 pounds heavier than a year ago. During the first half of 2013, U.S. total cattle slaughter equaled 15.85 million head. This was 1.5 percent less than last year. Beef production during the first half of the year was a little lower than a year ago, amounting to 12.53 billion pounds. In the meantime, during the second quarter, U.S. hog slaughter totaled 26.57 million head. This was 3.9 percent lower than the previous quarter but was slightly higher than year ago. U.S. pork production during the second quarter fell 4.5 percent from the previous quarter to 5.48 billion pounds. This was unchanged from a year ago. At the end of June, the average live weight for a hog equaled 274 pounds, unchanged from a year ago. During the first half of the year, hog slaughter totaled 54.23 million head, a little less than a year ago. First half pork production was down slightly from a year ago, totaling 11.22 billion pounds. Meanwhile, during the second quarter, U.S. sheep and lamb slaughter equaled 530.8 thousand head. This was 6.4 percent more than the previous quarter and was 9.4 percent more than a year ago. Lamb and mutton production during the second quarter equaled 37.9 million pounds, which was up 6.2 percent over the previous quarter and was up 2.7 percent over a year ago. During the first half of the year, total sheep and lamb slaughter equaled 1.03 million head, which was 5.8 percent more than a year ago. First half lamb and mutton production totaled 73.6 million pounds, a little lower than a year ago. U.S. goat slaughter during the second quarter of 2013 equaled 127.4 thousand head. Although this was 7.4 percent higher than the previous quarter, it was 6.3 percent lower than a year ago. Goat slaughter during the first half of 2013 was down 6.0 percent from a year ago, amounting to 246.0 thousand head. The entire monthly Livestock Slaughter report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

Pacific Rim

The Korea International Trade Association (KITA) recently issued South Korea’s beef and pork import data for June 2013. According to the numbers, South Korea’s beef imports during June fell 9.6 percent from the previous month to 18,356 MT. However, this was up 1.7 percent over June 2012. More specifically, imports of frozen beef totaled 15,477 MT, which accounted for 84.3 percent of the total. Imports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 2,879 MT, of which Australia had an 81.2 percent market share. During June, South Korea imported 10,174 MT of beef from Australia, which was down 10.3 percent from May but was up 16.2 percent over June 2012. During the first half of 2013, South Korea’s beef imports from Australia equaled 68,035 MT, which was 9.9 percent more than a year ago. Australia was the primary source for South Korea’s beef imports with 53.4 percent of the total. South Korea’s beef imports from the U.S. during June totaled 6,162 MT. This was 6.3 percent less than the previous month and was 10.0 percent less than June 2012. Year-to-date beef imports from the U.S. were 6.9 percent less than last year, amounting to 43,882 MT. The U.S. was South Korea’s largest beef import market with 34.5 percent of the total. Beef imports from New Zealand during June fell 10.5 percent from the previous month and 16.8 percent from June 2012 to 1,729 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand totaled 13,908 MT, which was slightly higher than a year ago. Overall, during the first half of 2013, South Korea’s total beef imports equaled 127,303 MT, 1.6 percent more than the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, during June, South Korea imported 22,875 MT of pork. This was 8.4 percent lower than the previous month and was 24.2 percent lower than June 2012. South Korea’s pork imports from the U.S. during June rose 18.2 percent over May to 10,555 MT. However, this was little changed from June 2012. During the first half of the year, South Korea imported 63,409 MT of pork from the U.S., which was 11.8 percent below last year. The U.S. was the leading pork import market for South Korea with 40.1 percent of the total. During June, South Korea imported 2,945 MT of pork from Canada. This was down 20.5 percent from the previous month and was down 28.9 percent from June 2012. Also, this was the lowest single month total since September 2004. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada were 32.7 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 21,308 MT. Canada was the second largest market for South Korea’s pork imports with 13.5 percent of the total. Pork imports from Chile during June totaled 2,315 MT, which was 7.5 percent lower than the previous month and was 11.1 percent lower than June 2012. Year-to-date pork imports from Chile totaled 16,788 MT, 10.2 percent lower than a year ago. Overall, during the first half of 2013, South Korea’s total pork imports equaled 158,295 MT, which was 27.9 percent below the corresponding period a year ago. To obtain further data on South Korea’s trade, go to the KITA website at http://www.kita.org/.



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