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USDA International Meat Review


11 April 2014

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USDA International Meat Review

Trade Highlights

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently published February 2014 red meat trade data for the US According to the data, during February, US exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats equaled 85,875 MT. This was down 12.2 percent from the previous month and was down a little from February 2013. More specifically, exports of fresh, chilled product totaled 28,380 MT, which was 8.5 percent less than the previous month but was nearly unchanged from February 2013. Exports of frozen product totaled 29,152 MT, which was 11.2 percent less than the previous month but was 7.6 percent more than February 2013. During February, the US exported 24,473 MT of variety meats. This was down 18.4 percent from the previous month and was down 12.8 percent from February 2013. Year-to-date beef variety meat exports were 6.3 percent above a year ago, amounting to 54,473 MT. During February, the US exported 17,410 MT of beef to Mexico. This was down 13.9 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date beef exports to Mexico totaled 37,638 MT, 25.7 percent greater than last year. Mexico was the leading beef export market for the US with 20.5 percent of the total. US beef exports to Japan during February fell 8.2 percent from the previous month to 14,377 MT. Total year-to-date beef exports to Japan were 50.8 percent higher than a year ago, amounting to 30,032 MT. Beef exports to Canada fell 8.2 percent from the previous month to 11,295 MT. Year-to-date beef exports to Canada equaled 23,596 MT, 25.0 percent less than last year. Overall, US total year-to-date beef and veal and beef variety meat exports equaled 183,703 MT, which was 6.2 percent more than the same period a year ago.

During February, the US exported 179,127 MT of pork cuts and pork variety meats. Although this was down 4.8 percent from the previous month, it was up 2.2 percent over February 2013. Specifically, exports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 57,899 MT, which was 12.7 percent lower than the previous month but was 13.6 percent higher than February 2013. Exports of frozen pork equaled 71,968 MT, which was 1.7 percent higher than the previous month and was 8.8 percent higher than February 2013. During February, US pork variety meat exports fell 3.4 percent from the previous month and 11.4 percent from February 2013 to 37,470 MT. Total year-to-date pork variety meat exports equaled 76,273 MT, 7.1 percent less than a year ago. During February, the US exported 52,748 MT of pork to Mexico. This was 10.1 percent lower than the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to Mexico were 16.6 percent above a year ago, amounting to 111,416 MT. Mexico was the largest US pork export market with 30.3 percent of the total. Pork exports to Japan during February fell 8.6 percent from January to 35,692 MT. Total year-to-date pork exports to Japan were 4.9 percent more than last year, amounting to 74,732 MT. During February, the US exported 29,327 MT of pork to China, which was 11.5 percent higher than the previous month. Year-to-date pork exports to China were 5.3 percent lower than a year ago, totaling 55,619 MT. Overall, US total year-to-date exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 367,244 MT, 2.7 percent above the same period a year ago.

During February, US beef and veal imports equaled 57,408 MT. This was 5.4 percent lower than January and was 1.3 percent lower than February 2013. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef imports equaled 23,955 MT, which was down slightly from the previous month but was up 6.5 percent over February 2013. Conversely, frozen beef imports equaled 31,537 MT, which was down 7.1 percent from the previous month and was down 3.4 percent from February 2013. During February, beef imports from New Zealand totaled 16,734 MT, which was 20.7 percent greater than the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand were 6.6 percent less than a year ago, totaling 30,600 MT. New Zealand was the largest supplier of beef to the US with 25.9 percent of the total imports. During February, the US imported 14,703 MT of beef from Canada. This was 3.7 percent higher than the previous month. Year-to-date beef imports from Canada were 4.4 percent greater than last year, amounting to 28,884 MT. Beef imports from Australia during February fell 39.9 percent from the previous month to 10,824 MT. Total year-to-date beef imports from Australia equaled 28,839 MT, 2.5 percent lower than a year ago. Overall, US total year-to-date beef and veal imports equaled 118,060 MT, which was 5.8 percent below the same period a year ago.

US pork imports during February totaled 27,555 MT, which was 8.5 percent lower than the previous month and was 6.1 percent lower than February 2013. More specifically, fresh, chilled pork imports totaled 17,106 MT, which was 8.4 percent less than the previous month and was 11.0 percent less than February 2013. Frozen pork imports totaled 7,499 MT, which was 8.6 percent less than the previous month but was 8.1 percent more than February 2013. Pork imports from Canada during February equaled 22,270 MT, 6.9 percent lower than the previous month. Year-to-date pork imports from Canada totaled 46,201 MT, 5.0 percent below a year ago. Canada was the main supplier of pork to the US with 80.1 percent of the total imports. During February, pork imports from Denmark fell 20.2 percent from the previous month to 2,107 MT. Year-to-date pork imports from Denmark were 11.5 percent more than last year, totaling 4,749 MT. Overall, US total year-to-date pork imports equaled 57,666 MT, 1.5 percent lower than the corresponding period a year ago. To obtain further US trade data, go to the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

On April 7, Japan and Australia reached a trade deal. The countries agreed to reductions on import tariffs on certain products, including beef. The deal includes an agreement to reduce tariffs on frozen beef in half, from 38.5 percent to 19.5 percent, over 18 years. For fresh beef, tariffs will be reduced to 23.5 percent over 15 years. To obtain further information, visit the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) website at http://ictsd.org/i/news/bridgesweekly/188274/.

North America

According to data from the USDA Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News (LPGMN), during the first quarter of 2014, the US imported 261,593 head of feeder cattle from Mexico. This was 12.3 percent less than one year ago and was 41.8 percent less than two years ago. During the same time frame, feeder cattle imports from Canada totaled 126,836 head, which was 55.5 percent greater than a year ago. Imports of slaughter steers and heifers from Canada were down 1.5 percent from last year, amounting to 107,078 head. US feeder pig imports from Canada during the first quarter of 2014 were down 13.2 percent from a year ago, totaling 944,560 head. Total slaughter hog imports from Canada equaled 180,370 head, which was 13.4 percent below a year ago. To obtain the weekly reports, visit the LPGMN website at http://www.ams.usda.gov/lpsmarketnewspage.

On March 28, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its quarterly Hogs and Pigs report. According to the numbers, the US inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2014 totaled 62.90 million head. This was down 4.7 percent from the previous quarter and was down 3.3 percent from a year ago. The breeding herd equaled 5.85 million head, which was 1.6 percent higher than the previous quarter and was slightly higher than a year ago, showing evidence of herd rebuilding. The number of market hogs and pigs fell 5.3 percent from the previous quarter and fell 3.7 percent from a year ago to 57.05 million head. More specifically, market hogs and pigs weighing less than 50 pounds totaled 18.10 million head. This was 5.0 percent less than the previous quarter and was 4.0 percent less than year ago. Market hogs and pigs weighing 50 to 110 pounds equaled 15.72 million head, which was down 5.7 percent from the previous quarter and was down 3.3 percent from a year ago. The number of market hogs and pigs weighing 120 to 179 pounds increased 1.7 percent over the previous quarter to 12.79 million head. However, this was down 2.9 percent from a year ago. Market hogs and pigs weighing more than 180 pounds totaled 10.44 million head, which was 12.8 percent lower than the previous quarter and was 4.8 percent lower than a year ago. During the December to February time period, the number of sows farrowed equaled 2.87 million head, which was 2.8 percent more than a year ago. This accounted for 49.0 percent of the total breeding herd. During the same time frame, the pig crop totaled 27.32 million head, 2.8 percent less than a year ago. Pigs per litter equaled 9.53 head, compared to 10.08 head a year ago. Iowa comprised 31.5 percent of the total US herd, making it the largest hog producing state with 19.80 million head. This was 1.5 percent lower than a year ago. North Carolina had the second largest hog inventory with 8.00 million head, which was down 8.0 percent from last year and accounted for 12.7 percent of the total inventory. The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with 5,000 head accounted for 48 percent of the total US hog inventory, which was up from 47 percent last year. The complete report is available on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

Oceania

Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) recently published Australia’s red meat export figures for March 2014. According to the numbers, during March, Australia exported a record 106,297 MT of beef and veal. This was up 6.3 percent over February and was up 21.1 percent over March 2013. Specifically, frozen beef exports equaled 81,408 MT, which comprised 76.6 percent of the total exports. Fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 24,888 MT. During March, Australia exported a record 30,097 MT of beef to the US This was 27.3 percent higher than the previous month and was 66.7 percent higher than March 2013. During the first quarter of 2014, Australia exported 67,573 MT of beef to the US, which was 43.5 percent above a year ago. The US overtook Japan as the primary beef export market for Australia with 24.5 percent of the total. The US has not been the largest market since 2003. Australia’s beef exports to Japan during March rose 2.1 percent over the previous month to 22,613 MT. However, this was 6.8 percent less than March 2013. Total year-to-date beef exports to Japan were 3.3 percent lower than last year, amounting to 60,257 MT. Japan was the second largest beef export market for Australia with 21.8 percent of the total. During March, Australia exported 14,151 MT of beef to China. This was up 7.3 percent over the previous month and was up 14.9 percent over March 2013. Year-to-date beef exports to China totaled 37,337 MT, which was 30.4 percent greater than last year. Overall, Australia’s beef and veal exports during the first quarter of 2014 totaled 275,838 MT, which was 23.5 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

During March, Australia’s lamb exports totaled 19,163 MT. This was down slightly from the previous month but was up 25.2 percent over March 2013. Australia’s lamb exports to the Middle East during March rose 1.9 percent over the previous month to 4,754 MT. However, this was unchanged from March 2013. During the first quarter of 2014, Australia exported 14,062 MT of lamb to the Middle East, which was 1.5 percent higher than a year ago. The Middle East was the primary lamb export market for Australia with 25.5 percent of the total. During March, Australia exported 4,110 MT of lamb to the US This was 5.1 percent lower than the previous month but was 59.0 percent higher than March 2013. Total year-to-date lamb exports to the US were 19.1 percent higher than last year, amounting to 11,870 MT. Lamb exports to China during March fell 3.8 percent from the previous month to 3,097 MT. This was up 14.2 percent over March 2013. Year-to-date lamb exports to China totaled 9,139 MT, which was 3.7 percent greater than last year. Overall, during the first quarter of 2014, Australia’s total lamb exports equaled 55,220 MT, which was 14.9 percent above a year ago. Meanwhile, during March, Australia exported 18,263 MT of mutton. This was down 2.8 percent from the previous month but was up 38.0 percent over March 2013. Mutton exports to the Middle East during March fell 2.9 percent from February to 5,527 MT. However, this was 42.0 percent higher than March 2013. During the first quarter of 2014, Australia’s mutton exports to the Middle East were 20.9 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 15,562 MT. The Middle East was the leading mutton export market for Australia with 29.1 percent of the total. During March, Australia exported 4,975 MT of mutton to China. This was 1.9 percent more than the previous month and was 46.3 percent more than March 2013. Year-to-date mutton exports to China reached 14,698 MT, 31.7 percent above last year. Mutton exports to the US during March fell 8.5 percent from the previous month to 1,663 MT. However, this was up 27.4 percent over March 2013. Year-todate mutton exports to the US totaled 4,453 MT, which was 39.9 percent more than a year ago. Overall, Australia’s mutton exports during the first quarter of 2014 equaled 53,413 MT, 33.0 percent greater than the same period a year ago. To obtain additional data on Australia’s exports, visit the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

According to the most recent data from Australia’s DAFF, Australia’s goat meat exports during the first quarter of 2014 totaled 7,982 MT. This was down 22.6 percent from the previous quarter but was up 11.5 percent over a year ago. During the first quarter, Australia’s goat meat exports to the US fell 1.3 percent from the previous quarter to 4,277 MT. However, this was 7.1 percent more than a year ago. The US was Australia’s main goat meat export market with 53.6 percent of the total. Goat meat exports to Taiwan during the first quarter were 12.0 percent higher than the previous quarter, amounting to 1,447 MT. Also, this was 67.7 percent higher than last year. Taiwan was the second leading goat meat export market for Australia with 18.1 percent of the total. During the first quarter, Australia’s goat meat exports to the Caribbean equaled 556 MT, which was down 32.0 percent from the previous quarter but was up 7.8 percent over a year ago. Goat meat exports to Canada during the first quarter totaled 530 MT, which was 22.3 percent lower than the previous quarter but was 11.3 percent higher than a year ago. For additional data, go to the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

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