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28 December 2012

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USDA International Meat Review

Trade Highlights

US Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats Beef & Veal Exports for October 2012

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

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently published U.S. red meat export and import data for October 2012. According to the numbers, U.S. exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats during October rose 12.0 percent over September to 101,449 MT. However, this was 3.8 percent lower than October 2011. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 32,395 MT, which was 18.5 percent higher than the previous month but was 4.9 percent lower than October 2011. Frozen beef exports equaled 37,648 MT, which was 10.6 percent higher than the previous month but was 2.0 percent lower than October 2011. U.S. beef variety meat exports during October rose 7.8 percent over the previous month but fell 4.7 percent from October 2011 to 28,052 MT. Total year-to-date beef variety meat exports were 9.6 percent less than last year, amounting to 271,024 MT. U.S. beef exports to Mexico during October equaled 14,393 MT, which was 24.7 percent more than the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Mexico totaled 166,160 MT, 22.0 percent below a year ago. Mexico was the largest beef export market for the U.S. with 17.5 percent of the total. During October, the U.S. exported 19,129 MT of beef to Canada. This was 34.2 percent greater than the previous month. Total year-to-date beef exports to Canada were 9.2 percent less than a year ago, equaling 144,753 MT. Beef exports to Japan during October rose 2.7 percent over the previous month to 12,829 MT. Year-to-date beef exports to Japan totaled 134,036 MT, nearly unchanged from last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 951,896 MT, which was 11.1 percent less than the corresponding period a year ago.

US Red Meat Exports Including Variety Meats Pork Exports for October 2012

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

During October, U.S. exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats totaled 213,968 MT. This was 18.3 percent more than the previous month and was 8.3 percent more than October 2011. More specifically, exports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 67,547 MT, which was up 13.2 percent over the previous month and was up 26.8 percent over October 2011. Exports of frozen pork equaled 86,968 MT, which was up 20.4 percent over the previous month but was down 9.6 percent from October 2011. During October, U.S. pork variety meat exports totaled 45,055 MT, which was 34.3 percent higher than September and was 26.3 percent higher than October 2011. Total year-to-date pork variety meat exports were 10.4 percent lower than last year, amounting to 336,224 MT. U.S. pork exports to Mexico during October rose 8.4 percent over the previous month to 54,835 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to Mexico totaled 487,530 MT, 16.3 percent more than a year ago. Mexico was the leading U.S. pork export market with 26.4 percent of the total. During October, the U.S. exported 45,084 MT of pork to Japan. This was 22.1 percent greater than the previous month. Total year-to-date pork exports to Japan were 5.0 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 389,386 MT. Pork exports to China during October equaled 29,775 MT, which was 33.4 percent more than the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to China totaled 275,073 MT, 4.2 percent higher than last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 1,844,826 MT, 2.9 percent greater than the same period a year ago.

US Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats Beef & Veal Imports for October 2012

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

During October, U.S. beef and veal imports equaled 47,496 MT. This was a little lower than September and was 8.8 percent lower than October 2011. More specifically, imports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 21,378 MT, which was up 7.7 percent over the previous month but was down 22.3 percent from October 2011. Imports of frozen beef totaled 23,971 MT, which was down 5.7 percent from the previous month but was up 15.6 percent over October 2011. During October, U.S. beef imports from Australia rose 23.6 percent over the previous month to 17,583 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from Australia totaled 182,832 MT, 46.0 percent above a year ago. Australia was the main provider of beef to the U.S. with 28.6 percent of the total imports. Beef imports from Canada during October equaled 9,386 MT, which was 23.1 percent lower than the previous month. Total year-to-date beef imports from Canada were 18.0 percent less than last year, amounting to 163,717 MT. During October, the U.S. imported 5,090 MT of beef from New Zealand. This was down 21.1 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand equaled 147,054 MT, which was 5.3 percent more than last year. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date beef and veal imports equaled 640,020 MT, which was 8.7 percent greater than the corresponding period a year ago.

US Red Meat Imports Excluding Variety Meats Pork Imports for October 2012

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

U.S. pork imports during October rose 10.1 percent over September to 28,613 MT. However, this was down 2.4 percent from October 2011. During October, fresh, chilled pork imports totaled 17,832 MT, which was 8.5 percent higher than the previous month and was 4.0 percent higher than October 2011. Frozen pork imports totaled 6,789 MT, which was 16.3 percent higher than the previous month but was 12.2 percent lower than October 2011. During October, the U.S. imported 23,088 MT of pork from Canada, which was 10.6 percent more than the previous month. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada were nearly unchanged from last year at 228,059 MT. Canada was the largest supplier of pork to the U.S. with 79.9 percent of the total. Pork imports from Denmark during October rose 7.7 percent over the previous month to 2,365 MT. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 26,934 MT, 5.2 percent less than a year ago. Overall, U.S. total year-to-date pork imports equaled 285,595 MT, which was 1.3 percent higher than the same period a year ago. Additional U.S. trade data can be found on the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

Recently, various news sources reported that Brazil had discovered a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). While the case was discovered in December 2010, it was not formally diagnosed and reported until December 2012. Following the announcement, Japan banned all beef imports from Brazil. Before, Japan only imported heat-treated beef from Brazil due to Brazil’s foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) status. More recently, South Africa, China and South Korea have also banned beef from Brazil. China does rank as a top 20 importer of Brazil’s beef this year.

On December 5, Russia notified the U.S. that all beef and pork imports from the U.S. must be certified ractopaminefree. The move effectively halted all U.S. beef and pork exports to Russia as of December 8 because the USDA does not have a testing and certification program in place. Ractopamine is a feed additive used to promote leanness in animals. The U.S. and Russia continue to work through this issue.

North America

Canadian Cattle On Feed in Alberta & Saskatchewan Feedlots

Source: CanFax

Recently, CanFax released Canada’s current cattle on feed numbers of terminal feedlots with 1,000 or more head in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. According to the statistics, cattle on feed on December 1, 2012 in Canada equaled 963,738 head. This was 6.8 percent lower than one year ago and was 5.0 percent lower than the five year average. During November, 341,405 head of cattle were placed on feed, which was 13.3 percent more than one year ago and was 24.5 percent more than the five year average. Steers placed on feed numbered 216,704 head, which accounted for 63.5 percent of the total placements. Heifers placed on feed totaled 124,701 head. Placements of feeder cattle during November increased over a year ago in each weight category. More specifically, placements of feeder cattle weighing less than 600 pounds equaled 83,555 head, which was 20.8 percent greater than a year ago. Placements weighing 600 to 699 pounds totaled 105,588 head, 18.7 percent more than last year. Placements weighing 700 to 799 pounds were up 11.8 percent over a year ago, amounting to 51,424 head. Finally, feeder cattle placements weighing more than 800 pounds totaled 100,838 MT, which was 3.9 percent higher than last year. In the meantime, Canada’s fed cattle marketings during November rose 4.4 percent over one year ago to 138,078 head. However, this was 3.1 percent less than the five year average. To obtain the report, visit the CanFax website at http://www.canfax.ca/.

According to a recent FAS Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report, Mexico’s pork sector has gained access to China. Since 2008, the government and livestock producers of Mexico have been trying to obtain access to export pork to China. Recently, China’s Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine General Administration (AQSIQ) approved export certificates that will allow four establishments in Mexico to ship pork to China. Mexico’s pork sector forecasts its pork exports to China, in the short term, to total approximately 10,000 MT. Meanwhile, Mexico continues to explore other Asian markets. To view the complete report, visit the FAS website at http://gain.fas.usda.gov/.

Pacific Rim

Japan's Beef Imports for October 2012

*Includes cheek, head & cooked meats.
Source: Japan's Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation

Recently, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) published October 2012 beef and pork import data for Japan. According to statistics, Japan’s beef imports during October rose 12.1 percent over the previous month and 7.4 percent over October 2011 to 47,082 MT. Specifically, imports of frozen beef totaled 29,071 MT, which was up 18.7 percent over the previous month and was up 9.4 percent over October 2011. Likewise, imports of fresh, chilled beef increased 2.6 percent over the previous month and 4.1 percent over October 2011 to 17,947 MT. Japan’s beef imports from Australia during October equaled 28,457 MT. Although this was 18.9 percent more than the previous month, it was 2.3 percent less than October 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia equaled 268,359 MT, which was 3.0 percent below a year ago. Australia was the primary beef import market for Japan with 61.4 percent of the total. During October, Japan imported 12,063 MT of beef from the U.S., which was down 7.8 percent from the previous month but was up 19.1 percent over October 2011. Year-todate beef imports from the U.S. were 15.3 percent greater than last year, totaling 113,657 MT. Beef imports from New Zealand during October rose 11.8 percent over the previous month and 5.6 percent over October 2011 to 1,860 MT. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand equaled 27,838 MT, 6.8 percent higher than last year. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 437,407 MT, which was 3.1 percent above the same period a year ago. During September, Japan’s beef marketings equaled 66,050 MT, which was 16.3 percent lower than the previous month and was 12.5 percent lower than a year ago. Imported beef marketings were down 18.3 percent from a year ago, amounting to 38,957 MT. Domestic beef marketings totaled 27,094 MT, 2.6 percent less than last year. Japan’s beef stocks at the end of September equaled 110,183 MT, which was up 3.8 percent over the previous month and was up 14.5 percent over a year ago. Imported beef stocks totaled 96,372 MT, which was 14.7 percent higher than a year ago. Stocks of domestic beef were up 12.9 percent over last year, totaling 13,811 MT.

Japan's Pork Imports for October 2012

*Includes edible offal.
Source: Japan's Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation

During October, Japan’s pork imports rose 17.1 percent over the previous month to 73,603 MT. Additionally, this was 5.8 percent higher than October 2011. More specifically, imports of frozen pork equaled 51,006 MT, which was up 16.7 percent over the previous month and was up 5.9 percent over October 2011. Imports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 22,593 MT, which was up 18.0 percent over the previous month and was up 5.6 percent over October 2011. During October, Japan imported 28,767 MT of pork from the U.S. This was 17.9 percent more than September and was 8.5 percent more than October 2011. Total year-to-date pork imports from the U.S. were little changed from a year ago, amounting to 266,095 MT. The U.S. was the largest source for Japan’s pork imports with 40.6 percent of the total. Pork imports from Canada during October totaled 16,659 MT, which was up 22.7 percent over the previous month but was down 1.0 percent from October 2011. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada equaled 144,757 MT, 4.7 percent greater than a year ago. During October, pork imports from Denmark rose 25.1 percent over the previous month to 9,980 MT. However, this was down 18.4 percent from October 2011. Year-todate pork imports from Denmark totaled 101,310 MT, 8.2 percent less than last year. Overall, Japan’s total year-todate pork imports equaled 655,140 MT, which was 1.0 percent more than the corresponding period a year ago. During September, Japan’s pork marketings totaled 127,195 MT. This was down 8.6 percent from the previous month and was down 9.8 percent from a year ago. Marketings of imported pork were 10.5 percent less than last year, amounting to 61,274 MT. Domestic pork marketings totaled 65,921 MT, which was down 9.1 percent from a year ago. At the end of September, Japan’s pork stocks totaled 179,283 MT. This was 1.9 percent higher than the previous month and was 10.9 percent higher than a year ago. Imported pork stocks equaled 156,988 MT, 12.1 percent more than a year ago. Stocks of domestic pork were up 2.9 percent over last year, amounting to 22,295 MT. Additional data is available on the ALIC website at http://lin.alic.go.jp/alic/statis/dome/data2/e_nstatis.htm.

December 2012

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