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12 September 2014

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USDA International Meat Review

Trade Highlights

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently issued July 2014 U.S. red meat export and import data. According to the numbers, during July, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats equaled 101,789 MT. This was 4.5 percent lower than the previous month and was 14.5 percent lower than July 2013. Specifically, fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 36,804 MT, which was up slightly over the previous month but was down 11.0 percent from July 2013. Frozen beef exports equaled 35,166 MT, which was down 7.3 percent from the previous month and was down 18.8 percent from July 2013. During July, U.S. beef variety meat exports fell 8.0 percent from June to 26,348 MT. Also, this was 14.3 percent less than July 2013. Total year-to-date beef variety meat exports were 7.3 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 194,900 MT. U.S. beef exports to Japan during July rose 8.7 percent over the previous month to 25,840 MT. Year-to-date beef exports to Japan totaled 136,883 MT, which was 4.2 percent lower than a year ago. Japan was the main beef export market for the U.S. with 19.9 percent of the total. During July, the U.S. exported 19,863 MT of beef to Mexico. This was 1.0 percent less than June. Year-to-date beef exports to Mexico equaled 136,199 MT, 22.6 percent greater than last year. Beef exports to Canada during July fell 8.1 percent from the previous month to 13,281 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Canada equaled 84,159 MT, 20.8 percent lower than last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 687,749 MT, which was 3.6 percent higher than the same period a year ago.

During July, the U.S. exported 169,671 MT of pork cuts and pork variety meats. This was 4.2 percent lower than the previous month and was 3.4 percent lower than July 2013. More specifically, exports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 57,286 MT, which was up 2.3 percent over the previous month but was down 5.8 percent from July 2013. Conversely, exports of frozen pork were down 11.9 percent from the previous month but were up 1.8 percent over July 2013, equaling 61,998 MT. U.S. pork variety meat exports during July totaled 35,765 MT. This was 1.3 percent more than the previous month but was 10.0 percent less than July 2013. Total year-to-date pork variety meat exports were 6.9 percent above a year ago, amounting to 270,969 MT. During July, the U.S. exported 53,796 MT of pork to Mexico. This was nearly unchanged from the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to Mexico totaled 380,041 MT, which was 12.4 percent higher than a year ago. Mexico was the main pork export market for the U.S. with 29.4 percent of the total. During July, U.S. pork exports to Japan fell 11.8 percent from June to 37,714 MT. Total year-to-date pork exports to Japan were 16.5 percent more than last year, amounting to 292,143 MT. Pork exports to China during July equaled 12,774 MT, which was down 26.7 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to China totaled 157,666 MT, 14.6 percent below last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 1,293,915 MT, which was 7.1 percent higher than the corresponding period a year ago.

During July, U.S. beef and veal imports totaled 88,310 MT, which was 4.3 percent higher than June and was 38.0 percent higher than July 2013. More specifically, imports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 31,033 MT, which was down a little from the previous month but was up 28.2 percent over July 2013. Imports of frozen beef totaled 54,360 MT, which was up 8.1 percent over the previous month and was up 48.2 percent over July 2013. Beef imports from Australia during July equaled 32,327 MT, which was 18.2 percent more than the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia reached 167,764 MT, 41.5 percent greater than last year. Australia was the leading provider of beef to the U.S. with 30.7 percent of the total imports. During July, the U.S. imported 22,986 MT of beef from New Zealand. This was 2.3 more than the previous month. Total year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were 7.6 percent higher than last year, amounting to 143,737 MT. Beef imports from Canada during July fell 16.0 percent from June to 14,799 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Canada equaled 116,399 MT, 10.7 percent higher than last year. During July, the U.S. imported 10,962 MT of beef from Mexico. This was up 17.1 percent over the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from Mexico were 11.5 percent more than last year, totaling 64,313 MT. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal imports equaled 545,986 MT, 15.6 percent greater than the corresponding period a year ago.

U.S. pork imports during July equaled 34,378 MT, which was 3.0 percent higher than the previous month and was 4.3 percent higher than July 2013. Fresh, chilled pork imports totaled 21,074 MT, which was up 6.5 percent over the previous month was up 2.1 percent over July 2013. Frozen pork imports totaled 9,241 MT, which was down 6.0 percent from the previous month but was up 9.3 percent over July 2013. During July, the U.S. imported 26,375 MT of pork from Canada. This was 7.2 percent more than the previous month. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada were 1.5 percent higher than last year, amounting to 175,883 MT. Canada remained the largest supplier of pork to the U.S. with 76.6 percent of the total imports. Pork imports from Denmark during July totaled 2,368 MT, which was 19.2 percent lower than the previous month. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 20,865 MT, 28.2 percent more than last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date pork imports were 8.3 percent higher than the same period a year ago, amounting to 229,719 MT. Additional U.S. trade data is available on the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

USDA FAS recently published Livestock and Products Annual 2014 for Japan, New Zealand, Paraguay, South Korea, Ukraine and Uruguay. The reports include summaries, outlooks, slaughter data, livestock inventories, trade situation updates, consumption statistics, marketing and price analysis and current data on production and supply. Each report is available on the FAS Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) at http://gain.fas.usda.gov/.

South America

On August 28, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it was adding the Patagonia Region of Argentina to the lists of regions that are considered foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) free. Additionally, APHIS announced a proposal to amend the regulations to allow the importing of fresh, chilled or frozen, beef from the same northern area of Argentina. To view both of the stakeholder announcements, visit the APHIS website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/newsroom/.

North America

On August 28, the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and USDA FAS published the quarterly Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade. According to the report, during the fiscal year (FY) 2015, U.S. agricultural exports are forecast at $144.5 billion, down from $152.5 billion in 2014. Exports of livestock products in 2015 are predicted to total $19.8 billion, up slightly over 2014. Beef and veal exports during 2015 are expected to equal 900,000 MT, valued at a record $6.2 billion, as higher prices offset lower volumes. The 2014 estimate is 900,000 MT, valued at $6.0 billion on higher prices and volumes. During 2015, pork exports are forecast at 1.7 MMT, with a value of $5.3 billion, due to tight supplies and lower prices. The 2014 estimate is 1.7 MMT, value at a record $5.6 billion. Beef and pork variety meat exports during 2015 are expected to total 800,000 MT, valued at $1.6 billion. The 2014 estimate is 800,000 MT, valued at $1.6 billion. During FY 2015, U.S. agricultural imports are predicted to total $117.0 billion, up from $109.5 billion in 2014. During 2015, the U.S. is expected to import $11.8 billion of livestock and meat. This is 1.7 percent more than 2014. Imports of cattle and calves during 2015 are expected to total 2.1 million head, with a value of $2.1 billion. The 2014 estimate is 2.2 million head, with a value of $2.0 billion. During 2015, swine imports are forecast to total 4.8 million head and are estimated to value $400 million. Swine imports during 2014 are predicted to equal 4.7 million head, with a value of $400 million. U.S. imports of fresh beef and veal during FY 2015 are forecast at 900,000 MT, with a value of $4.6 billion. During 2014, fresh beef and veal imports are estimated at 800,000 MT, with a value of $4.4 billion. U.S. imports of fresh pork during 2015 are forecast at 400,000 MT, with a value of $1.5 billion. The 2014 estimate is 400,000 MT, with a value of $1.6 billion. To view the entire report, visit the ERS website at http://www.ers.usda.gov/.

On August 22, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its monthly Cold Storage. According to the report, as of July 31, 2014, beef in U.S. cold storage facilities totaled 366.5 million pounds, which was 20.8 percent less than last year. Also, this was 15.6 percent less than the five year average. Specifically, boneless beef in cold storage was down 21.7 percent from a year ago, amounting to 327.9 million pounds. The volume of beef cuts in cold storage was 2.2 percent higher than a year ago, totaling 38.7 million pounds. Meanwhile, pork in cold storage at the end of July equaled 529.3 million pounds. This was down 2.7 percent from last year but was up 6.8 percent over the five year average. The volume of hams in storage equaled 149.5 million pounds. This was 17.2 percent less than a year ago. Pork bellies in cold storage totaled 64.7 million pounds, which was 129.6 percent greater than last year. The volume of loins in storage was 10.5 percent lower than last year, amounting to 23.0 million pounds. Pork ribs in cold storage totaled 54.3 million pounds, 5.8 percent less than a year ago. Pork butts in cold storage equaled 20.9 million pounds, which was 33.9 percent higher than last year. The volume of trimmings in cold storage increased 14.9 percent over last year to 42.4 million pounds. To obtain the complete report, visit the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

Oceania

The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) recently published the results of Australia’s cattle on feed survey for the second quarter of 2014. According to the numbers, as of June 30, 2014, Australia’s cattle on feed equaled 845,791 head. This was 3.2 percent lower than the previous quarter and was 3.1 percent lower than a year ago. The majority of the cattle on feed were located in the state of Queensland with 481,487 head, or 56.9 percent of the total. This was down slightly from the previous quarter. Combined, Queensland and New South Wales contained 730,621 head, or 86.4 percent of the total cattle on feed. During the second quarter, Australia’s feedlot capacity totaled 1,076,256 head. This was 2.8 percent lower than the previous quarter and was 15.5 percent lower than a year ago. The largest feedlot capacity was in the state of Queensland with 589,648 head, which accounted for 54.8 percent of the total. Australia’s capacity utilization was 79 percent, compared to 79 percent the previous quarter and 69 percent a year ago. During the second quarter, Australia’s cattle marketings increased 5.0 percent from the previous quarter to 673,942 head. However, this was down 1.4 percent from a year ago. During the first half of the year, Australia’s cattle slaughter totaled 3.98 million head, which was 13.1 percent more than one year ago and was 23.9 percent more than two years ago. The complete cattle on feed report can be found on the ALFA website at http://www.feedlots.com.au/.

Recently, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) published Australia’s red meat export numbers for August 2014. During August, Australia exported 111,872 MT of beef and veal, which was down 7.9 percent from the previous month but was up 13.7 percent over August 2013. More specifically, exports of frozen beef totaled 84,034 MT, which accounted for 75.1 percent of the total exports. Exports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 27,839 MT. During August, Australia’s beef exports to the U.S. equaled 37,449 MT. This was 1.8 percent more than the previous month and was 107.5 percent more than August 2013. Also, this was the highest single month volume since June 2005. Year-to-date beef exports to the U.S. were 67.3 percent greater than last year, amounting to 228,045 MT. The U.S. was Australia’s main beef export market with 27.9 percent of the total. Australia’s beef exports to Japan during August rose 2.9 percent over the previous month and 9.2 percent over August 2013 to 27,049 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Japan equaled 185,408 MT, which was 6.2 percent below a year ago. During August, Australia exported 12,140 MT of beef to South Korea. This was down 7.7 percent from the previous month and was down 3.4 percent from August 2013. Year-to-date beef exports to South Korea totaled 98,085 MT, 13.0 percent more than a year ago. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date beef and veal exports equaled 818,095 MT, which was 16.2 percent greater than the same period a year ago.

During August, Australia exported 17,947 MT of lamb. Although this was 13.1 percent less than the previous month, it was 10.2 percent more than August 2013. Lamb exports to the Middle East during August fell 21.4 percent from July to 4,927 MT. However, this was 8.6 percent lower than August 2013. Year-to-date lamb exports to the Middle East totaled 40,773 MT, which was 1.8 percent higher than a year ago. The Middle East was the main lamb export market for Australia with 26.8 percent of the total. Australia’s lamb exports to the U.S. during August equaled 3,492 MT. This was up 1.7 percent over the previous month and was up 49.2 percent over August 2013. Total year-to-date lamb exports to the U.S. were 18.5 percent greater than last year, amounting to 29,361 MT. During August, Australia exported 3,143 MT to China, which was 8.7 percent less than the previous month and was 1.2 percent less than August 2013. Year-todate lamb exports to China totaled 26,080 MT, 6.3 percent more than a year ago. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date lamb exports reached 151,944 MT, 11.9 percent above the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, during August, Australia exported 10,933 MT of mutton. Although this was up 10.1 percent over the previous month, it was down 11.2 percent from August 2013. During August, Australia exported 3,423 MT of mutton to the Middle East. This was 6.8 percent more than the previous month and was 20.9 percent more than August 2013. Year-to-date mutton exports to the Middle East totaled 34,274 MT, which was 12.9 percent greater than a year ago. The Middle East was the primary mutton export market for Australia with 30.1 percent of the total. During August, Australia’s mutton exports to China rose 21.0 percent over July to 2,419 MT. However, this was down 45.8 percent from August 2013. Year-to-date mutton exports to China were 7.5 percent less than last year, amounting to 28,733 MT. Mutton exports to the U.S. during August equaled 500 MT, which was 29.9 percent higher than the previous month but was 12.0 percent lower than August 2013. Total year-to-date mutton exports to the U.S. equaled 7,569 MT, 24.5 percent more than last year. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date mutton exports equaled 113, 909 MT, which was 8.1 percent above the same period a year ago. To obtain additional red meat data for Australia, visit the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

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