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US Cattle on Feed

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

On December 21, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its monthly Cattle on Feed report. According to the numbers, cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.33 million head on December 1, 2012. This was down 6.0 percent from one year ago and was down 2.5 percent from two years ago. The number of cattle placed on feed during November declined 5.6 percent from one year ago and 1.8 percent from two years ago to 1.92 million head. More specifically, placements of feeder cattle weighing less than 600 pounds equaled 645,000 head, which was 14.0 percent lower than last year. Placements of feeder cattle weighing 600 to 699 pounds were down 10.0 percent from a year ago, totaling 450,000 head. Placements weighing 700 to 799 pounds totaled 375,000 head, which was a little less than a year ago. Finally, placements of feeder cattle weighing more than 800 pounds increased 10.5 percent over last year to 453,000 head. Meanwhile, fed cattle marketings during November totaled 1.76 million head. This was down slightly from one year ago and was down slightly from two years ago. The complete report can be found on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

US Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Inventory As of December 1, 2012

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

On December 28, USDA NASS released its Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report. According to the data, on December 1, 2012, the U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs totaled 66.35 million head. Although this was down 2.0 percent from the previous quarter, it was nearly unchanged from a year ago. The breeding herd totaled 5.82 million head, which was slightly higher than the previous quarter and was slightly higher than a year ago. The number of market hogs and pigs fell 2.2 percent from the previous quarter to 60.53 million head. However, this was little changed from a year ago. More specifically, market hogs and pigs weighing less than 50 pounds equaled 19.45 million head, which was down 1.1 percent from the previous quarter and was down slightly from a year ago. The number of market hogs and pigs weighing 50 to 119 pounds was 5.8 percent less than the previous quarter but was unchanged from last year, totaling 16.64 million head. Market hogs and pigs weighing 120 to 179 pounds totaled 12.48 million head. This was 4.7 percent lower than the previous quarter but was unchanged from a year ago. Market hogs and pigs weighing more than 180 pounds totaled 11.96 million head, which was 4.1 percent higher than the previous quarter and was slightly higher than a year ago. During the September to November timeframe, sows farrowed totaled 2.90 million head, which was down 1.0 percent from last year. This accounted for 49.9 percent of the total breeding herd.

US Quarterly Pigs per Litter

During the same time frame, the pig crop equaled 29.44 million head, which was a little more than a year ago. Pigs per litter numbered a record 10.15 head, up from 10.02 a year ago. Iowa remained the largest hog producing state with 20.60 million head. This was 3.0 percent higher than a year ago and comprised 31.0 percent of the total inventory. North Carolina had the second largest inventory with 9.00 million head. This was up 1.1 percent over last year and accounted for 13.6 percent of the total U.S. herd. The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head accounted for 47 percent of the total U.S. hog inventory, up from 45 percent last year. The entire report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

2012 Tariff Rate Quota Status of U.S. Beef Imports As of December 31, 2012

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, recently published the total 2012 data on U.S. beef imports under a tariff rate quota (TRQ). According to the numbers, as of December 31, 2012, U.S. beef import under a TRQ equaled 697,824 MT. This was 7.6 percent higher than a year ago. U.S. imports of beef from Australia totaled 213,436 MT, which was 44.0 percent greater than a year ago. This filled 56.4 percent of Australia’s TRQ, compared to 39.2 percent during 2011. Imports of beef from Canada, which are not subject to a TRQ, were down 22.5 percent from last year, amounting to 175,594 MT. Beef imports from New Zealand were up 7.6 percent over a year ago, totaling 158,589 MT. This filled 74.3 percent of the TRQ, up from 69.1 percent last year. Imports of beef from Mexico equaled 84,551 MT, 57.0 percent above a year ago. Mexico is not subject to a TRQ. Beef imports from Uruguay were 63.2 percent greater than last year, amounting to 17,680 MT. This filled 88.4 percent of the country’s TRQ, compared to 54.2 percent a year ago. Beef imports from Argentina remain banned due to continued concerns over foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The weekly report can be found on the CBP website at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/trade_programs/textiles_and_quotas/commodity/.

On December 21, USDA NASS released its monthly Cold Storage report. According to the data, as of November 30, 2012, beef in U.S. cold storage equaled 441.0 million pounds. This was a little less than a year ago and was 2.3 percent less than the five year average. More specifically, boneless beef in cold storage equaled 368.0 million pounds, which was down 3.5 percent from a year ago. Beef cuts in cold storage totaled 73.1 million pounds, 17.3 percent greater than last year. In the meantime, U.S. pork in cold storage as of November 30 totaled 558.0 million pounds, which was 12.7 percent greater than a year ago and was 11.4 percent greater than the five year average. Specifically, the volume of hams in storage was 3.1 percent higher than last year with 97.7 million pounds. Pork bellies in cold storage totaled 24.4 million pounds, 8.4 percent less than a year ago. The volume of pork loins in storage rose 24.0 percent over last year to 48.9 million pounds. Pork ribs in cold storage totaled 103.2 million pounds, 61.1 percent greater than a year ago. The volume of pork trimmings in storage increased 11.0 percent over last year to 47.5 million pounds. Veal in U.S. cold storage on November 30 totaled 4.0 million pounds, which was 21.9 percent higher than last year. Lamb and mutton in storage totaled 19.0 million pounds, nearly unchanged from a year ago. The complete report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

Total Beef in US Cold Storage

Total Pork in US Cold Storage

Pacific Rim

South Korea Red Meat Imports
Beef Imports for November 2012

The Korea International Trade Association (KITA) recently issued South Korea’s beef and pork import data for November 2012. According to the numbers, South Korea’s beef imports during November fell 3.8 percent from the previous month to 23,774 MT. However, this was 1.0 percent higher than November 2011. More specifically, frozen beef imports equaled 20,190 MT, which accounted for 84.9 percent of the total. Fresh, chilled beef imports equaled 3,585 MT. During November, South Korea imported 13,951 MT of beef from Australia, which was up 3.3 percent over October and was up 8.7 percent over November 2011. This was the highest single month volume since September 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia were 10.6 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 124,869 MT. Australia was the main beef import market for South Korea with 51.1 percent of the total. Beef imports from the U.S. during November fell 8.5 percent from the previous month and 9.3 percent from November 2011 to 7,730 MT. Year-todate beef imports from the U.S. totaled 90,335 MT, which was 15.1 percent below last year. During November, South Korea’s beef imports from New Zealand equaled 1,910 MT. Although this was down 24.1 percent from the previous month, it was up 5.3 percent over November 2011. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were 20.6 percent less than last year, totaling 25,491 MT. Overall, South Korea’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 244,698 MT, which was 13.7 percent lower than the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, during November, South Korea imported 26,866 MT of pork, which was down 2.5 percent from the previous month and was down 14.9 percent from November 2011. Additionally, this was the lowest single month volume since November 2010. Pork imports from the U.S. during November totaled 7,989 MT. This was slightly higher than the previous month and was 22.0 percent higher than November 2011. Total year-to-date pork imports from the U.S. equaled 115,005 MT, 19.7 percent below a year ago. The U.S. was the primary supplier of pork to South Korea with 32.1 percent of the total imports. During November, South Korea imported 4,527 MT of pork from Canada. Although this was 16.9 percent higher than October, it was 19.3 percent lower than November 2011. Year-to-date pork imports from Canada totaled 53,959 MT, which was 28.3 percent lower than last year. Pork imports from Chile during November fell 34.3 percent from the previous month to 2,499 MT. However, this was up 2.0 percent over November 2011. Year-to-date pork imports from Chile equaled 34,783 MT, which was 8.6 percent less than a year ago. Overall, South Korea’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 358,028 MT, 22.1 percent below the corresponding period a year ago. Additional data on South Korea’s red meat trade is available on the KITA website at http://www.kita.org/.

January 2013

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