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30 September 2013

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Trade Highlights

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently published Livestock and Products Annual 2013 for the countries of Argentina and India. 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. The reports are available on the FAS Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) at http://gain.fas.usda.gov/.

North America

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, recently published the most current data on U.S. beef imports under a tariff rate quota (TRQ). According to the numbers, as of September 23, 2013, U.S. beef imports totaled 512,400 MT, which was 4.4 percent less than the same period last year. Imports of beef from New Zealand totaled 144,803 MT. This was 8.1 percent greater than a year ago. This filled 67.9 percent of New Zealand’s TRQ, compared to 62.8 percent the same period last year. Imports of beef from Australia totaled 136,715 MT. This was 10.1 percent less than a year ago. It filled 36.1 percent of the TRQ, which was down from 40.2 percent a year ago. Beef imports from Canada, which are not subject to a TRQ, equaled 120,268 MT. This was 17.0 percent lower than a year ago. Imports of beef from Mexico, which also do not fall under a TRQ, were 10.5 percent higher than a year ago, totaling 65,304 MT. Beef imports from Uruguay through September 23 equaled 15,688 MT, 29.0 percent greater than a year ago. This filled 78.4 percent of Uruguay’s TRQ, compared to 60.8 percent a year ago. Beef imports from Argentina remained banned due to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The weekly report is available on the CBP website at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/trade_programs/textiles_and_quotas/commodity/.

Recently, CanFax published Canada’s current cattle on feed numbers for terminal feedlots with 1,000 or more head in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. According to the data, on September 1, 2013, Canada’s total cattle on feed equaled 616,188 head. This was up 6.8 percent over one year ago but was down 1.0 percent from the five year average. The number of cattle placed on feed during August rose 13.3 percent over one year ago to 135,287 head. However, this was 12.6 percent lower than the five year average. Steers placed on feed totaled 85,946 head, which accounted for 63.5 percent of the total placements. Heifers placed on feed totaled 49,341 head. More specifically, feeder cattle placements weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 2,884 head, 1.3 percent less than a year ago. Feeder cattle placements weighing 600 to 699 pounds were 98.1 percent higher than a year ago, totaling 5,086 head. Placements weighing 700 to 799 pounds equaled 23,754 head, 107.6 percent greater than last year. Finally, placements of feeder cattle weighing more than 800 pounds totaled 103,563 head, which was 1.1 percent higher than a year ago. In the meantime, Canada’s fed cattle marketings during August totaled 149,778 head. This was down 10.9 percent from one year ago and was down 15.0 percent from the five year average. The complete report is available on the CanFax website at http://www.canfax.ca/.

On September 20, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its monthly Cattle on Feed report. According to the data, as of September 1, 2013, cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head equaled 9.88 million head. This was 7.2 percent less than one year ago and was 7.7 percent less than two years ago. During August, 1.79 million head of cattle were placed on feed, which was 10.9 percent lower than one year ago and was 20.4 percent lower than two years ago. This was the lowest placements for August since the series began in 1996. More specifically, feeder cattle placements declined from a year ago in each weight category. Feeder cattle placements weighing less than 600 pounds equaled 405,000 head, which was 16.0 percent below a year ago. Placements weighing 600 to 699 pounds were down 12.2 percent from a year ago, amounting to 338,000 head. Placements of feeder cattle weighing 700 to 799 pounds totaled 430,000 head, 9.5 percent less than last year. Finally, placements of feeder cattle weighing more than 800 pounds were down 7.5 percent from a year ago, totaling 615,000 head. Meanwhile, during August, fed cattle marketings fell 3.7 percent from one year ago to 1.88 million head. Also, this was 8.3 percent lower than two years ago. This was the second lowest placements for the month of August since the series began. The entire report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

On September 20, USDA NASS released its monthly Cold Storage report. According to the data, as of August 31, 2013, beef in U.S. cold storage totaled 433.8 million pounds. This was nearly unchanged from a year ago but was slightly higher than the five year average. Beef stocks have declined for the past five months. More specifically, boneless beef in cold storage equaled 389.1 million pounds, which was up 5.5 percent over a year ago. The volume of beef cuts in storage was 30.0 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 44.8 million pounds. In the meantime, as of August 31, U.S. pork in cold storage facilities totaled 540.0 million pounds, which was 7.8 percent less than the previous month but was 9.6 percent more than the five year average. Pork stocks have declined for the past four months. Specifically, the volume of hams in storage was 2.4 percent greater than a year ago with 200.6 million pounds. Pork bellies in cold storage totaled 19.1 million pounds, 34.6 percent greater than a year ago. Pork loins in storage were 23.1 percent lower than last year, amounting to 24.9 million pounds. The volume of pork ribs in cold storage equaled 47.9 million pounds, 17.0 percent less than a year ago. Pork trimmings in storage totaled 36.7 million pounds, which was down 30.4 percent from last year. Veal in U.S. cold storage on August 31 totaled 3.8 million pounds, which was 21.7 percent less than a year ago. Lamb and mutton in storage totaled 22.0 million pounds, 9.2 percent lower than last year. The complete report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

On September 18, USDA NASS published its annual Livestock Historical Trace Records report. The report compares preliminary and final livestock estimates and final livestock production estimates. The entire report can be found on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

Oceania

Recently, the Economic Service of Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) released its Stock Number Survey. According to the data, as of June 30, 2013, total sheep in New Zealand equaled 30.94 million head, which was 1.0 percent less than a year ago. North Island sheep numbers were estimated at 14.83 million head, 2.8 percent lower than a year ago due to widespread drought conditions. South Island sheep numbers were up slightly over a year ago, totaling 16.11 million head. Yearlings declined 1.3 percent from a year ago to 9.74 million head. Breeding ewes totaled 20.21 million head, which was 1.0 percent less than last year. The lamb crop is estimated to total 24.43 million head, which is 7.7 percent lower than a year ago. Meanwhile, the Economic Service estimated New Zealand’s beef cattle herd at 3.69 million head on June 30, 2013. This was down 1.1 percent from a year ago. To obtain the complete report, visit the B+LNZ website at http://www.beeflambnz.com/.

Pacific Rim

Recently, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) published Japan’s beef and pork import data for July 2013. According to the statistics, Japan’s beef imports during July soared 92.7 percent higher than the previous month to a 69,089 MT. This was the highest volume since April 2000. Additionally, this was up 37.3 percent over July 2012. The strong monthly increase was due to Japanese importers holding back customs clearances in June in order to avoid triggering the safeguard. Specifically, frozen beef imports totaled 49,080 MT, which was up 145.4 percent over the previous month and was up 67.4 percent over July 2012. Fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 19,963 MT, which was up 26.3 percent over the previous month but was down 4.9 percent from July 2012. Japan’s beef imports from Australia during July equaled 31,130 MT, which was 71.0 percent higher than the previous month and was 4.8 percent higher than July 2012. Also, this was the single highest monthly volume since November 2011. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia equaled 166,991 MT, 9.0 percent below a year ago. Australia was the leading source for Japan’s beef imports with 53.5 percent of the total. During July, Japan imported a record 28,053 MT of beef from the U.S. This was 105.0 percent more than the previous month and was 88.7 percent more than July 2012. Year-to-date beef imports from the U.S. were 44.0 percent higher than last year, totaling 103,335 MT. Japan’s beef imports from New Zealand during July rose 114.7 percent over the previous month to 4,888 MT. Also, this was up 53.8 percent over July 2012. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand totaled 20,823 MT, nearly unchanged from a year ago. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 311,925 MT, 7.2 percent greater than the same period a year ago. During June, Japan’s beef marketings totaled 55,593 MT, which was down 22.1 percent from the previous month and was down 16.1 percent from a year ago. Imported beef marketings equaled 29,968 MT, 31.0 percent lower than a year ago. Domestic beef marketings totaled 25,625 MT, 12.1 percent higher than a year ago. At the end of June, Japan’s beef stocks totaled 103,806 MT, which was up 7.6 percent over the previous month and was up 16.6 percent over a year ago. Imported beef stocks were 23.8 percent more than a year ago, amounting to 90,499 MT. Domestic beef stocks equaled 13,307 MT, 16.2 percent less than last year.

Japan’s pork imports during July rose 18.6 percent over June to 62,324 MT. However, this was down 5.0 percent from July 2012. More specifically, frozen pork imports equaled 36,467 MT, which was up 21.3 percent over the previous month but was down 18.5 percent from July 2012. Fresh, chilled pork imports equaled 25,854 MT, which was up 14.9 percent over the previous month and was up 24.0 percent over July 2012. During July, Japan’s pork imports from the U.S. rose 17.1 percent over the previous month to 24,216 MT. Also, this was 3.4 percent higher than July 2012. Total year-to-date pork imports from the U.S. equaled 165,422 MT, which was 11.2 percent less than a year ago. The U.S. was Japan’s primary source for pork imports with 39.2 percent of the total. Pork imports from Canada during July totaled 11,828 MT. This was 20.6 percent more than the previous month but was 31.1 percent less than July 2012. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada were 20.1 percent less than last year, amounting to 78,570 MT. During July, Japan imported 8,892 MT of pork from Denmark, which was 33.4 percent higher than the previous month but was 28.6 percent lower than July 2012. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark totaled 63,784 MT, 8.4 percent lower than last year. Overall, Japan’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 422,323 MT, which was 5.3 percent less than the same period a year ago. Japan’s pork marketings during June totaled 125,600 MT. This was down 10.0 percent from the previous month and was down 9.3 percent from a year ago. Imported pork marketings totaled 57,843 MT, 12.8 percent less than last year. Marketings of domestic pork were down 6.1 percent from a year ago, amounting to 67,757 MT. At the end of June, Japan’s pork stocks equaled 172,991 MT. This was 2.8 percent less than the previous month but was 2.5 percent more than a year ago. Stocks of imported pork were up 1.0 percent over a year ago, totaling 149,949 MT. Domestic pork stocks equaled 23,042 MT, 13.2 percent higher than last year. Additional data can be found on the ALIC website at http://lin.alic.go.jp/alic/statis/dome/data2/e_nstatis.htm.

The Korea International Trade Association (KITA) recently issued South Korea’s beef and pork imports for August 2013. According to the data, South Korea’s beef imports during August rose 19.4 percent over the previous month to 24,682 MT. However, this was down 7.9 percent from August 2012. Specifically, frozen beef imports totaled 20,950 MT, which accounted for 84.9 percent of the total. Fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 3,731 MT. During August, South Korea imported 13,190 MT from Australia. This was up 16.6 percent over the previous month and was up 1.6 percent over August 2012. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia equaled 92,533 MT, which was 7.7 percent above a year ago. Australia was the main supplier of beef to South Korea with 53.6 percent of the total imports. Beef imports from the U.S. during August totaled 9,246 MT. Although this was 32.4 percent higher than July, it was 13.9 percent lower than August 2012. Year-to-date beef imports from the U.S. were 8.5 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 60,111 MT. During August, South Korea imported 2,058 MT of beef from New Zealand, which was down 2.6 percent from the previous month and was down 24.4 percent from August 2012. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand totaled 18,079 MT, 4.0 percent less than last year. Overall, South Korea’s total year-to-date beef imports equaled 172,650 MT, which was slightly less than the same period a year ago. In the meantime, South Korea’s pork imports during August fell 10.8 percent from July and 18.9 percent from August 2012 to 22,630 MT. This was the lowest single monthly total since August 2010. Pork imports from the U.S. during August equaled 6,693 MT, which was down 18.6 percent from the previous month and was down 25.2 percent from August 2012. Year-to-date pork imports from the U.S. were 13.9 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 78,325 MT. The U.S. was the largest provider of pork to South Korea with 38.0 percent of the total imports. During August, South Korea imported 2,743 MT of pork from Canada, which was the lowest single month total since November 2003. This was 6.6 percent lower than the previous month and was 39.9 percent lower than August 2012. Total year-to-date pork imports from Canada equaled 26,988 MT, 34.4 percent below a year ago. Pork imports from Chile during August totaled 2,393 MT. This was 6.5 percent less than the previous month and was 28.2 percent less than August 2012. Year-to-date pork imports from Chile were 14.0 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 21,740 MT. Overall, South Korea’s total year-to-date pork imports equaled 206,305 MT, which was 25.4 percent below the corresponding period a year ago. Additional data on South Korea’s red meat trade can be found on the KITA website at http://www.kita.org/.

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