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USDA International Meat Review


18 August 2014

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USDA International Meat Review

Trade Highlights

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently published June 2014 U.S. red meat export and import data. According to the numbers, during June, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats totaled 106,607 MT. This was up 3.5 percent over the previous month and was up 5.0 percent over June 2013. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 36,505 MT, which was 6.2 percent higher than the previous month but was 3.0 percent lower than June 2013. Frozen beef exports equaled 37,919 MT, which was 3.6 percent higher than the previous month and was 3.2 percent higher than June 2013. During June, the U.S. exported 28,634 MT of beef variety meats. This was 1.3 percent more than the previous month and was 20.3 percent more than June 2013. During the first half of the year, U.S. beef variety meat exports totaled 168,552 MT, 11.7 percent above a year ago. Egypt was the main beef variety meat export market with 66,741 MT, or 39.6 percent of the total. During June, U.S. beef exports to Mexico fell 2.1 percent from the previous month to 20,056 MT. During the first half of the year, beef exports to Mexico totaled 116,336 MT, which was 29.6 percent greater than a year ago. Mexico was the primary destination for U.S. beef with 19.9 percent of the total. Beef exports to Japan during June rose 19.0 percent over the previous month to 23,774 MT. Year-to-date beef exports to Japan were 3.4 percent less than last year, amounting to 111,043 MT. First half beef exports to Hong Kong totaled 71,830 MT, 55.3 percent higher than a year ago. Overall, U.S. total beef and veal and beef variety meat exports during the first half of 2014 equaled 585,959 MT, which was 7.6 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

During June, the U.S. exported 177,127 MT of pork cuts and pork variety meats. This was 3.8 percent less than the previous month but was 6.7 percent more than June 2013. More specifically, exports of fresh, chilled pork totaled 56,011 MT, which was down 3.3 percent from the previous month but was up 4.1 percent over June 2013. Exports of frozen pork totaled 70,393 MT, which was down 2.2 percent from the previous month but was up 9.7 percent over June 2013. Exports of U.S. pork variety meats during June fell 6.4 percent from the previous month to 35,305 MT. However, this was 6.8 percent higher than June 2013. During the first half of the year, the U.S. exported 235,204 MT of pork variety meats. This was 10.0 percent more than last year. Mexico was the primary pork variety meat export market for the U.S. with 73,628 MT, or 31.3 percent of the total. During June, the U.S. exported 53,702 MT of pork to Mexico, which was down 3.1 percent from May. During the first half of the year, pork exports to Mexico were up 14.9 percent over a year ago, amounting to 326,244 MT. Mexico was the largest buyer of U.S. pork with 29.0 percent of the total. U.S. pork exports to Japan during June fell nearly 1.0 percent from the previous month to 42,757 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan totaled 254,429 MT, which was 18.6 percent above a year ago. Year-to-date pork exports to China were 7.5 percent less than last year, totaling 144,892 MT. Overall, during the first half of 2014, U.S. total exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 1,124,245 MT, 8.9 percent more than the same period a year ago.

U.S. beef and veal imports during June totaled 84,647 MT. This was 3.2 percent higher than the previous month and was 31.7 percent higher than June 2013. Specifically, imports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 31,187 MT, which was up 4.5 percent over the previous month and was up 27.7 percent over June 2013. Likewise, imports of frozen beef were up 1.5 percent over the previous month and were up 36.5 percent over June 2013, totaling 50,275 MT. During June, the U.S. imported 27,342 MT of beef from Australia. This was 3.1 percent higher than the previous month. During the first half of the year, beef imports from Australia were 35.8 percent greater than last year, amounting to 135,437 MT. Australia was the leading supplier of beef to the U.S. with 29.6 percent of the total imports. Beef imports from New Zealand during June rose 3.0 percent over the previous month to 22,477 MT. Total year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand equaled 120,751 MT, which was up 3.0 percent over last year. During June, the U.S. imported 17,623 MT of beef from Canada, which was 6.4 percent higher than May. During the first half of the year, beef imports from Canada totaled 101,600 MT, 10.7 percent more than last year. Overall, U.S. beef and veal imports during the first half of 2014 equaled 457,676 MT, which was 12.1 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

During June, U.S. pork imports totaled 33,365 MT. Although this was down 7.2 percent from May, it was up 14.2 percent over June 2013. More specifically, imports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 19,794 MT, which was 1.5 percent lower than the previous month but was 5.6 percent higher than June 2013. Imports of frozen pork equaled 9,832 MT, which was 19.1 percent lower than the previous month but was 42.1 percent higher than June 2013. U.S. pork imports from Canada during June fell 2.7 percent from the previous month to 24,611 MT. During the first half of 2014, pork imports from Canada totaled 149,508 MT, 1.7 percent higher than a year ago. Canada was the main source of U.S. pork imports with 76.5 percent of the total. During June, the U.S. imported 2,930 MT of pork from Denmark, which was down 21.2 percent from the previous month. Total year-to-date pork imports from Denmark were 37.1 percent above last year, amounting to 18,497 MT. Overall, U.S. total pork imports during the first half of 2014 equaled 195,341 MT, 9.0 percent more than the same period a year ago. To obtain further U.S. trade data, visit the FAS website at http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

Note: The above U.S. trade data includes 2013 13th month data. Each year the Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division releases a 13th month file approximately three months after the December release of the data. The 13th month includes corrections made at the request of outside sources and verified with exporters or importers by the Foreign Trade Division. The 13th month also includes late shipments.

Oceania

Recently, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) published Australia’s red meat export data for July 2014. According to the numbers, during July, Australia exported a record 121,524 MT of beef. This was up 17.7 percent over June and was up 14.4 percent over July 2013. More specifically, exports of frozen beef equaled 93,340 MT, which accounted for 76.8 percent of the total. Exports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 28,185 MT. Australia’s beef exports to the U.S. totaled 36,799 MT, which was 21.9 percent higher than the previous month and was 108.3 percent higher than July 2013. Also, this was the highest single month volume since January 2005. Year-to-date beef exports to the U.S. reached 190,595 MT, 61.2 percent above a year ago. The U.S. was Australia’s largest beef exports market with 27.0 percent of the total. Australia’s beef exports to Japan during July rose 5.9 percent over the previous month to 26,284 MT. However, this was down 17.1 percent from July 2013. Total year-to-date beef exports to Japan were 8.4 percent less than last year, amounting to 158,359 MT. During July, Australia exported 13,157 MT of beef to South Korea. This was 2.5 percent more than the previous month and was 3.1 percent more than July 2013. Year-to-date beef exports to South Korea equaled 85,946 MT, 15.7 percent greater than last year. Australia’s beef exports to China during July equaled 10,949 MT, which was up 30.3 percent over the previous month but was down 27.3 percent from July 2013. Year-to-date beef exports to China were 1.9 percent higher than last year, amounting to 78,978 MT. Overall, Australia’s total year-todate beef and veal exports reached 706,223 MT, 16.6 percent above the same period a year ago.

During July, Australia exported 20,657 MT of lamb, which was up 4.3 percent over June and was up 10.2 percent over July 2013. Australia’s lamb exports to the Middle East equaled 6,271 MT. This was 20.2 percent more than the previous month and was 13.3 percent more than July 2013. This was the highest volume on record since 1994. Total year-to-date lamb exports to the Middle East were 3.4 percent above last year, amounting to 35,846 MT. The Middle East was Australia’s primary lamb export market with 26.8 percent of the total. Lamb exports to the U.S. during July fell 9.8 percent from the previous month to 3,434 MT. However, this was up 10.0 percent over July 2013. Year-to-date lamb exports to the U.S. totaled 25,869 MT, which was 15.3 percent more than last year. Lamb exports to China during July totaled 3,444 MT. Although this was 1.2 percent higher than the previous month, it was 1.6 percent lower than July 2013. Total yearto- date lamb exports to China equaled 22,936 MT, 7.4 percent greater than last year. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date lamb exports equaled 133,997 MT, which was 12.1 percent above the corresponding period a year ago. Meanwhile, during July, Australia exported 9,929 MT of mutton, which was 14.6 percent lower than the previous month and was 11.5 percent lower than July 2013. Also, this was the lowest single month volume since September 2012. Australia’s mutton exports to the Middle East during July equaled 3,206 MT, which was down 1.7 percent from June but was up 26.4 percent over July 2013. Total year-to-date mutton exports to the Middle East were 12.0 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 30,850 MT. The Middle East was the main mutton export market for Australia with 30.0 percent of the total. During July, Australia exported 1,999 MT of mutton to China, which was 34.4 percent lower than the previous month and was 48.3 percent lower than July 2013. Total year-to-date mutton exports to China equaled 26,314 MT, 1.1 percent less than a year ago. Mutton exports to the U.S. during July totaled 385 MT. This was down 17.4 percent from the previous month and was down 29.2 percent from July 2013. Year-to-date mutton exports to the U.S. totaled 7,069 MT, 28.2 percent higher than a year ago. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date mutton exports equaled 102,976 MT, which was 10.6 percent above the same period a year ago. To obtain further information on Australia’s red meat exports, go to the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

North America

On July 24, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its Livestock Slaughter report. According to the data, during the second quarter of 2014, U.S. cattle slaughter totaled 7.72 million head. This was 6.5 percent more than the previous quarter but was 5.9 percent less than a year ago. During the second quarter, U.S. beef production rose 5.6 percent over the previous quarter to 6.11 billion pounds. However, this was 5.1 percent lower than a year ago. At the end of June, the average live cattle weight was 1,309 pounds, seven pounds heavier than a year ago. During the first half of 2014, U.S. total cattle slaughter equaled 14.97 million head. This was 5.5 percent less than last year. Beef production during the first half of the year was 5.0 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 11.90 billion pounds. In the meantime, during the second quarter, U.S. hog slaughter totaled 25.40 million head. This was 5.8 percent lower than the previous month and was 4.4 percent lower than a year ago. U.S. pork production during the second quarter fell 4.9 percent from the previous quarter to 5.47 billion pounds. This was little changed from a year ago. At the end of June, the average live weight for a hog equaled 285 pounds, 11 pounds heavier than a year ago. During the first half of the year, hog slaughter totaled 52.34 million head, 3.5 percent less than a year ago. First half pork production was unchanged from a year ago, totaling 11.22 billion pounds. Meanwhile, during the second quarter, U.S. sheep and lamb slaughter equaled 555.8 thousand head. This was 11.4 percent more than the previous quarter and was 4.7 percent more than a year ago. Lamb and mutton production during the second quarter equaled 39.7 million pounds, which was up 12.8 percent over the previous quarter and was up 4.7 percent over a year ago. During the first half of the year, total sheep and lamb slaughter equaled 1.05 million head, which was 2.4 percent higher than a year ago. First half lamb and mutton production totaled 74.9 million pounds, 1.8 percent more than a year ago. U.S. goat slaughter during the second quarter of 2014 equaled 125.7 thousand head. Although this was up 21.8 percent over the previous quarter, it was down 1.3 percent from a year ago. Goat slaughter during the first half of 2014 was down 7.0 percent from a year ago, amounting to 228.9 thousand head. The entire monthly Livestock Slaughter report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

Pacific Rim

Recently, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) published Japan’s cattle and hog inventory numbers. According to the data, as of February 2014, Japan’s total beef cattle farms equaled 57,500 farms. This was down 6.2 percent from one year ago and was down 11.8 percent from two years ago. Japan’s total beef cattle numbered 2.57 million head, which was 2.8 percent lower than one year ago and was 5.7 percent lower than two years ago. Japan’s total beef breed fell 3.0 percent from one year ago to 1.72 million head. Also, this was down 6.3 percent from two years ago. Meanwhile, as of February 2014, Japan had 5,270 hog farms. This was down 5.4 percent from one year ago and was down 9.8 percent from two years ago. The number of hogs equaled 9.54 million head, which was 1.5 percent lower than one year ago and was 2.0 percent lower than two years ago. The number of barrows and gilts was 1.1 percent less than one year ago and was 1.5 percent less than two years ago, totaling 8.02 million head. To obtain additional data, visit the ALIC website at http://lin.alic.go.jp/alic/statis/dome/data2/e_nstatis.htm.

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