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USDA International Meat Review


08 July 2013

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USDA International Meat Review

Pacific Rim

Recently, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) published Japan’s red meat import numbers for April 2013. According to the data, Japan’s beef imports during April rose 13.1 percent over March and 22.9 percent over April 2012 to 45,736 MT. Specifically, imports of frozen beef equaled 24,829 MT, which was 8.4 percent higher than the previous month and was 22.5 percent higher than April 2012. Likewise, imports of fresh, chilled beef were 19.2 percent higher than the previous month and were 23.6 percent higher than April 2012, equaling 66,294 MT. Beef imports from Australia during April fell 6.8 percent from the previous month to 24,025 MT. Also, this was 1.7 percent lower than April 2012. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia equaled 89,434 MT, which was 10.3 percent less than a year ago. Australia was the largest beef import market for Japan with 59.1 percent of the total. During April, Japan imported 15,679 MT of beef from the U.S. This was up 69.7 percent over the previous month and was up 85.2 percent over April 2012. Year-to-date beef imports from the U.S. were 20.4 percent greater than a year ago, totaling to 40,687 MT. During April, Japan imported 2,855 MT of beef from New Zealand. This was 4.6 percent more than the previous month and was 12.5 percent more than April 2012. Total year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were slightly higher than last year, amounting to 10,447 MT. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 151,381 MT, which was a little less than the same period a year ago. During March, Japan’s beef marketings equaled 69,151 MT, which was up 9.6 percent over the previous month but was down 6.9 percent from a year ago. Marketings of imported beef totaled 38,542 MT, 13.5 percent lower than a year ago. Domestic beef marketings were up 2.9 percent over last year, amounting to 30,609 MT. At the end of March, Japan’s beef stocks equaled 85,499 MT. This was down a little from the previous month but was up 7.2 percent over a year ago. Imported beef stocks were 9.8 percent more than a year ago, totaling 75,084 MT. Stocks of domestic beef equaled 10,415 MT, 8.4 percent lower than last year.

Japan’s pork imports during April rose 4.1 percent over the previous month and 15.7 percent over April 2012 to 61,989 MT. More specifically, frozen pork imports totaled 37,540 MT, which was up slightly over the previous month and was up 19.4 percent over April 2012. Fresh, chilled pork imports totaled 24,448 MT, which was up 10.8 percent over the previous month and was up 10.5 percent over April 2012. Pork imports from the U.S. during April equaled 23,705 MT. Although this was 2.3 percent more than the previous month, it was 5.3 percent less than April 2012. Yearto- date pork imports from the U.S. were 13.8 percent below last year, totaling 93,899 MT. The U.S. was the primary provider of pork to Japan with 38.9 percent of the total imports. During April, Japan imported 11,818 MT of pork from Canada, which was 3.2 percent lower than March but was 5.4 percent higher than April 2012. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada equaled 47,425 MT, 11.9 percent less than last year. During April, Japan’s pork imports from Denmark rose 8.8 percent over the previous month to 9,225 MT. Additionally, this was 36.8 percent higher than April 2012. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 37,114 MT, 2.2 percent higher than a year ago. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 241,476 MT, 4.0 percent below the corresponding period a year ago. During February, Japan’s pork marketings rose 5.9 percent over the previous month to 137,097 MT. However, this was down 4.8 percent from a year ago. Marketings of imported pork totaled 61,706 MT, 7.8 percent less than last year. Marketings of domestic pork were 2.3 percent lower than a year ago, equaling 75,392 MT. Japan’s pork stocks at the end of March equaled 174,560 MT, which was down 1.3 percent from the previous month and was down 4.5 percent from a year ago. Stocks of imported pork totaled 151,129 MT, 6.4 percent lower than last year. Domestic pork stocks increased 10.0 percent over a year ago to 23,431 MT. Additional data on Japan’s red meat trade is available on the ALIC website at http://lin.alic.go.jp/alic/statis/dome/data2/e_nstatis.htm.

North America

On June 21, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service published 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 equaled 10.74 million head on June 1, 2013. This was 3.1 percent lower than one year ago and was 1.5 percent lower than two years ago. The number of cattle placed on feed during May fell 1.7 percent from one year ago to 2.05 million head. However, this was 13.2 percent more than two years ago. More specifically, feeder cattle placements weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 390,000 head, which was 25.0 percent less than last year. Placements weighing 600 to 699 pounds were down 16.7 percent from a year ago, totaling 304,000 head. Placements weighing 700 to 799 pounds increased 4.7 percent over last year to 555,000 head. Finally, placements of feeder cattle weighing more than 800 pounds totaled 800,000 head, 19.6 percent greater than a year ago. In the meantime, U.S. fed cattle marketings during May equaled 1.95 million head, which was 3.4 percent lower than one year ago and was 2.7 percent lower than two years ago. The entire report can be found on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.



On June 28, USDA NASS released its quarterly Hogs and Pigs report. According to the data, the U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2013 equaled 66.65 million head. This was 1.5 percent higher than the previous month but was nearly unchanged from a year ago. The breeding herd equaled 5.88 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 increased 1.6 percent over the previous quarter to 60.77 million head. However, this was little changed from a year ago. More specifically, market hogs and pigs weighing less than 50 pounds equaled 19.68 million head, which was 1.3 percent higher than the previous quarter but was 1.0 percent lower than a year ago. The number of market hogs and pigs weighing 50 to 119 pounds rose 8.4 percent over the previous quarter to 18.05 million head. However, this was a little less than last year. The number of market hogs and pigs weighing 120 to 179 pounds totaled 12.34 million head, which was down 4.4 percent from the previous quarter but was up 1.1 percent over a year ago. Market hogs and pigs weighing more than 180 pounds equaled 10.70 million pounds, 1.2 percent lower than the previous quarter but nearly 1.0 percent higher than a year ago. The number of sows farrowed during the March to May time period totaled 2.92 million head. This was down 2.0 percent from a year ago and accounted for 49.7 percent of the total breeding herd. During the same period, the pig crop totaled 30.11 million head, little changed from a year ago. Pigs per litter totaled a record 10.31 head, compared to 10.09 a year ago. The largest hog producing state was Iowa with 20.3 million head. This was up 3.0 percent over a year ago and comprised 30.5 percent of the nation’s total herd. The number of hogs under contract owned by operations with 5,000 head accounted for 46 percent of the total U.S. hog inventory, down from 47 percent last year. The complete report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

On June 21, USDA NASS released its monthly Cold Storage report. According to the report, as of May 31, 2013, beef in U.S. cold storage facilities equaled 478.5 million pounds, which was 3.9 percent lower than a year ago. However, this was 10.3 percent higher than the five year average. More specifically, boneless beef in cold storage totaled 436.8 million pounds, 2.3 percent more than a year ago. Beef cuts in cold storage totaled 41.7 million pounds, which was down 41.3 percent from last year. In the meantime, as of May 31, 2013, the volume of pork in cold storage totaled 661.8 million pounds. This was 4.1 percent greater than a year ago and was 17.3 percent greater than the five year average. Hams in storage were up 21.5 percent over last year, totaling 156.6 million pounds. The volume of pork bellies in cold storage fell 16.6 percent from a year ago to 54.7 million pounds. Loins in storage totaled 39.0 million pounds, 2.6 percent less than a year ago. Pork ribs in storage equaled 91.4 million pounds, slightly higher than last year. The volume of pork butts in cold storage was 31.1 percent less than a year ago, totaling 21.8 million pounds. Pork trimmings in storage totaled 59.7 million pounds, 11.5 percent greater than last year. Pork variety meats in storage equaled 32.8 million pounds, which was slightly less than a year ago. The volume of veal in cold storage increased 18.6 percent over last year to 4.9 billion pounds. Lamb and mutton in cold storage totaled 21.1 million pounds, 7.2 percent greater than a year ago. To obtain the entire report, go to the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

Oceania

Recently, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) issued Australia’s red meat export data for June 2013. According to the numbers, during June, Australia’s lamb exports fell 13.7 percent from the previous month to 17,225 MT. However, this was up 6.4 percent over June 2012. Australia’s lamb exports to the Middle East during June totaled 4,528 MT. Although this was 24.0 percent lower than May, it was 10.5 percent higher than June 2012. During the first half of 2013, Australia exported 29,137 MT of lamb to the Middle East, which was 31.3 percent above last year. The Middle East was the largest lamb export market for Australia with 28.9 percent of the total. During June, Australia exported 3,049 MT of lamb to the U.S., which was down 6.9 percent from the previous month and was down 10.1 percent from June 2012. Total year-to-date lamb exports to the U.S. were 4.4 percent higher than last year, amounting to 19,313 MT. During June, Australia exported 3,152 MT of lamb to China. This was 11.0 percent lower than the previous month but was 33.0 percent higher than June 2012. During the first half of the year, Australia’s lamb exports to China equaled 17,864 MT, which was 33.4 percent greater than last year. Overall, during the first half of 2013, Australia’s total lamb exports reached 100,748 MT, which was 13.5 percent higher than the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, Australia’s mutton exports during June totaled 10,625 MT. Although this was 37.3 percent less than the previous month, it was 63.4 percent more than June 2012. During June, Australia exported 2,708 MT of mutton to the Middle East, which was 37.2 percent lower than the previous month and was 23.2 percent lower than June 2012. Total year-to-date mutton exports to the Middle East were 12.3 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 25,002 MT. The Middle East was Australia’s main mutton export market with 30.5 percent of the total. During June, Australia exported 2,521 MT of mutton to China, which was down 56.0 percent from the previous month. However, this was up 565.2 percent over June 2012. During the first half of 2013, Australia’s mutton exports to China equaled 22,743 MT, 604.6 percent greater than a year ago. Australia’s mutton exports to the U.S. during June fell 57.6 percent from the previous month and 42.5 percent from June 2012 to 295 MT. Year-to-date mutton exports to the U.S. were 110.3 percent higher than a year ago, totaling 4,967 MT. Overall, Australia’s total mutton exports during the first half of 2013 equaled 81,860 MT, which was 84.2 percent above the same period a year ago.

During June, Australia’s beef and veal exports fell 14.9 percent from May to 87,788 MT. However, this was up 7.6 percent over June 2012. More specifically, exports of frozen beef equaled 66,022 MT, which accounted for 75.2 percent of the total. Exports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 21,766 MT. During June, Australia exported 25,341 MT of beef to Japan. This was down 16.6 percent from the previous month and was down 16.4 percent from June 2012. During the first half of 2013, Australia’s beef exports to Japan were 6.4 percent below a year ago, totaling 141,168 MT. Japan was the primary beef export market for Australia with 28.2 percent of the total. Beef exports to the U.S. during June fell 18.2 percent from the previous month to 16,102 MT. Also, this was 7.2 percent lower than June 2012. First half beef exports to the U.S. were 14.9 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 100,578 MT. During June, Australia exported 10,657 MT of beef to China. This was down 7.2 percent from May but was up more than 13 times the volume over June 2012. Year-to-date beef exports to China reached 62,421 MT, more than 20 times greater than last year. Australia’s beef exports to South Korea during the first half of the year equaled 61,498 MT, which was 23.6 percent more than a year ago. Overall, during the first half of 2013, Australia’s total beef and veal exports equaled 499,750 MT, which was 11.1 percent higher than the corresponding period a year ago. To obtain additional red meat statistics for Australia, visit the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

Australia’s DAFF recently issued Australia’s goat meat export data for the second quarter of 2013. During the second quarter of 2013, Australia’s goat meat exports equaled 6,917 MT. This was down 3.4 percent from the previous quarter but was up 24.6 percent over a year ago. During the second quarter, Australia’s goat meat exports to the U.S. fell 6.5 percent from the previous quarter to 3,737 MT. However, this was 12.8 percent more than a year ago. Total goat meat exports to the U.S. during the first half of 2013 equaled 7,732 MT, which was 34.5 percent above a year ago. The U.S. was the main goat meat export market for Australia with 54.9 percent of the total. Australia’s goat meat exports to Taiwan during the second quarter equaled 998 MT. This was 15.6 percent higher than the previous quarter and was 24.6 percent higher than a year ago. Year-to-date goat meat exports to Taiwan were 24.7 percent above last year, totaling 1,860 MT. Taiwan was the second largest buyer of goat meat from Australia with 13.2 percent of the total. Goat meat exports to the Caribbean during the second quarter fell 4.8 percent from the previous quarter to 491 MT. However, this was up 9.8 percent over a year ago. Total year-to-date goat meat exports to the Caribbean equaled 1,007 MT, 32.5 percent less than last year. Overall, during the first half of 2013, Australia’s goat meat exports totaled 14,079 MT, which was 24.6 percent above the corresponding period a year ago. Further data is available on the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

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