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25 November 2014

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South America

Argentina’s National Service of Health, Food and Agriculture Quality (SENASA) recently published Argentina’s third quarter beef export numbers. The numbers include fresh beef, offals, processed beef and Hilton cuts. According to the data, during the third quarter of 2014, Argentina’s beef exports totaled 69,409 MT.

This was 20.7 percent higher than the previous quarter and was 8.3 percent higher than a year ago. During the third quarter, beef exports to Russia rose 33.1 percent over the previous quarter to 22,023 MT. Additionally, this was 74.1 percent more than a year ago. During the first three quarters of the year, Argentina’s beef exports to Russia equaled 49,782 MT, which was up 33.6 percent over last year.

Russia was the largest beef export market for Argentina with 27.6 percent of the total. Argentina’s beef exports to Hong Kong during the third quarter equaled 8,585 MT. This was nearly unchanged from the previous quarter but was down 7.5 percent from a year ago. Year-to-date beef exports to Hong Kong totaled 27,067 MT, which was 6.9 percent below a year ago.

Hong Kong was the second largest beef export market for Argentina with 15.0 percent of the total. During the third quarter, Argentina exported 8,335 MT of beef to Chile, which was 23.2 percent higher than the previous quarter but was 6.8 percent lower than a year ago. Total yearto-date beef exports to Chile were 7.2 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 21,257 MT.

Beef exports to Germany during the third quarter rose 8.7 percent over the previous quarter to 4,915 MT. However, this was 10.3 percent lower than a year ago. Year-to-date beef exports to Germany totaled 13,920 MT, which was 2.9 percent below a year ago. Beef exports to China during the third quarter equaled 5,582 MT, which was 29.8 percent more than the previous quarter and was 80.4 percent more than a year ago. Total year-to-date beef exports to China equaled 11,936 MT, 91.7 percent greater than last year.

Total year-to-date beef exports to the U.S. were 71.5 percent below a year ago, amounting to 187 MT. During the first three quarters of 2014, Argentina’s main beef export market for Hilton cuts was Germany with 60.5 percent of the total. The primary fresh beef export market was Russia with 26.1 percent. The largest processed beef export market, with 25.4 percent of the total, was Italy.

The main offal market was Russia with 34.6 percent of the total. Of Argentina’s total beef exports during the first three quarters of 2014, 45.7 percent was fresh beef, 45.3 percent consisted of offals, 8.3 percent was Hilton cuts, and less than one percent comprised processed beef. Overall, Argentina’s total beef exports during the first three quarters of 2014 equaled 180,372 MT, which was 1.2 percent less than the same period a year ago.

North America

CanFax recently 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, the number of cattle on feed in Canada totaled 861,518 head on November 1, 2014. This was 2.9 percent less than one year ago but was 1.2 percent more than the five year average.

Cattle placed on feed during October totaled 318,138 head, which was up 5.8 percent over one year ago and was up 7.6 percent over the five year average. Also, this was the highest since October 2008. The number of steers placed on feed totaled 199,641 head, which accounted for 62.8 percent of the total placements. Heifers placed on feed totaled 118,497 head.

More specifically, placements of feeder cattle weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 96,183 head, which was 38.8 percent more than last year. Placements weighing 600 to 699 pounds were 16.7 percent higher than a year ago, amounting to 72,717 head. Placements weighing 700 to 799 pounds equaled 37,294 head, 17.1 percent less than a year ago. Finally, placements of feeder cattle weighing over 800 pounds totaled 111,944 head, which was down 9.8 percent from last year.

Meanwhile, during October, Canada’s fed cattle marketings rose 13.0 percent over one year ago to 148,284 head. Also, this was 8.5 percent higher than the five year average. The complete report is available on the CanFax website at http://www.canfax.ca/.

Pacific Rim

Recently, Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) published Japan’s beef and pork import statistics for September 2014. According to the data, Japan’s beef imports during September fell 9.0 percent from the previous month to 52,884 MT. However, this was up 51.5 percent over September 2013. Specifically, frozen beef imports totaled 32,322 MT, which was 16.4 percent less than the previous month but was 63.7 percent more than September 2013.

Fresh, chilled beef imports totaled 20,467 MT, which was 5.5 percent more than the previous month and was 35.3 percent more than September 2013. Japan’s beef imports from Australia during September equaled 30,025 MT. This was up 2.0 percent over August and was up 77.7 percent over September 2013. During the first three quarters of the year, Japan imported 213,084 MT of beef from Australia, which was nearly unchanged from a year ago.

Australia was the main beef import market for Japan with 54.0 percent of the total. During September, Japan imported 18,360 MT of beef from the U.S. Although this was 15.4 percent lower than the previous month, it was 20.4 percent higher than September 2013. During the first three quarters of the year, Japan’s beef imports from the U.S. were 3.9 percent more than a year ago, totaling 143,961 MT.

Beef imports from New Zealand during September fell 25.8 percent from the previous month to 1,621 MT. However, this was 68.0 percent higher than September 2013. Total year-to-date beef imports from New Zealand equaled 19,604 MT, which was down 19.5 percent from last year. Overall, Japan’s beef imports during the first three quarters of 2014 equaled 394,904 MT, which was 1.6 percent below the same period a year ago.

Japan’s beef marketings during August totaled 77,915 MT, which was up 6.9 percent over the previous month and was up 9.6 percent over a year ago. Marketings of imported beef equaled 50,418 MT, 14.3 percent higher than last year. Domestic beef marketings were 1.9 percent more than last year, totaling 27,496 MT. At the end of August, Japan’s beef stocks totaled 122,426 MT.

This was 5.8 percent higher than the previous month and was 8.5 percent lower than a year ago. Stocks of imported beef equaled 109,194 MT, which was down 9.2 percent from last year. Stocks of domestic beef were 1.9 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 13,232 MT. Japan’s pork imports during September totaled 63,065 MT. This was 8.5 percent lower than August but was 6.1 percent higher than September 2013.

More specifically, imports of frozen pork equaled 41,470 MT, which was down 13.4 percent from the previous month but was up 16.0 percent over September 2013. Imports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 21,595 MT, which was up 2.7 percent over the previous month but was down 8.9 percent from September 2013.

During September, Japan imported 21,098 MT of pork from the U.S. This was 2.4 percent higher than the previous month and was 1.0 percent higher than September 2013. During the first three quarters of the year, Japan’s pork imports from the U.S. totaled 208,979 MT, which was slightly less than last year. The U.S. was the largest provider of pork to Japan with 33.8 percent of the total imports. Pork imports from Canada during September fell 2.2 percent from the previous month and 11.1 percent from September 2013 to 10,114 MT.

Year-to-date pork imports from Canada were 3.2 percent more than a year ago, totaling 106,108 MT. During September, Japan imported 8,445 MT of pork from Denmark. This was 25.4 percent less than the previous month and was 19.4 percent less than September 2013. Total year-to-date pork imports from Denmark equaled 101,406 MT, 21.0 percent higher than a year ago.

Overall, Japan’s total pork imports during the first three quarters of 2014 equaled 618,801 MT, which was 13.2 percent greater than the corresponding period a year ago. Japan’s pork marketings during August equaled 128,873 MT, which was 11.5 percent less than the previous month and was 5.3 percent less than a year ago. Imported pork marketings totaled 64,104 MT, which was down 3.1 percent from a year ago. Domestic pork marketings were 7.3 percent lower than a year ago, amounting to 64,769 MT.

Japan’s pork stocks at the end of August totaled 210,785 MT. This was 2.9 percent higher than the previous month and was 25.8 percent higher than a year ago. Imported pork stocks equaled 190,141 MT, which was up 30.7 percent over last year. Stocks of domestic pork were down 6.8 percent from a year ago, amounting to 20,644 MT. To obtain further data on Japan’s red meat trade, visit the ALIC website at http://lin.alic.go.jp/alic/statis/dome/data2/e_nstatis.htm

North America (continued)

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently issued data for U.S. lamb, sheep and goat meat trade. The numbers include fresh, chilled and frozen product, as well as carcasses, cuts and bone-in and boneless product. According to the data, U.S. exports of lamb and sheep meat during the third quarter of 2014 equaled 741 MT. This was 7.4 percent less than the previous quarter but was 49.2 percent more than a year ago. During the third quarter, lamb and sheep meat exports to Mexico fell 17.1 percent from the previous quarter to 369 MT.

However, this was up 29.2 percent over a year ago. Year-todate lamb and sheep meat exports to Mexico were 21.2 percent less than a year ago, amounting to 1,139 MT. Mexico was the main lamb and sheep meat export market for the U.S. with 52.1 percent of the total. Year-to-date lamb and sheep meat exports to Canada totaled 322 MT, 7.7 percent higher than a year ago.

Overall, during the first three quarters of 2014, U.S. lamb and sheep meat exports totaled 2,186 MT, 6.4 percent below the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, U.S. lamb and sheep meat imports during the third quarter equaled 17,634 MT. Although this was down 12.6 percent from the previous quarter, it was up 21.3 percent over a year ago.

During the third quarter, lamb and sheep imports from Australia totaled 12,656 MT, which was 12.5 percent less than the previous quarter but was 26.2 percent more than a year ago. During the first three quarters of the year, U.S. lamb and sheep meat imports from Australia were 17.6 percent higher than last year, totaling 40,934 MT. Australia was the leading supplier of lamb and sheep meat to the U.S. with 72.7 percent of the total imports. During the third quarter, the U.S. imported 4,577 MT of lamb and sheep meat from New Zealand.

This was down 17.9 percent from the previous quarter but was up 10.8 percent over a year ago. Total year-to-date lamb and sheep meat imports from New Zealand equaled 14,716 MT, 12.1 percent below last year. Overall, U.S. total lamb and sheep meat imports during the first three quarters of 2014 equaled 56,333 MT, which was 8.1 percent greater than the same period a year ago. In the meantime, U.S. goat meat imports during the third quarter totaled 5,658 MT. This was 33.7 percent higher than the previous quarter and was 52.7 percent higher than a year ago.

During the third quarter, the U.S. imported 5,485 MT of goat meat from Australia. This was up 32.1 percent over the previous quarter and was up 56.5 percent over a year ago. Total year-to-date goat meat imports from Australia were 18.8 percent greater than last year, amounting to 14,091 MT. Australia was the main source of U.S. goat meat imports with 98.0 percent of the total.

Overall, U.S. total goat meat imports during the first three quarter of 2014 equaled 14,374 MT, which was 17.7 percent more than the corresponding period a year ago. Additional data is available on the FAS website http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

Oceania

 

Recently, the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) published the results of Australia’s third quarter cattle on feed survey. According to the data, as of September 30, 2014, Australia’s third quarter cattle on feed totaled 908,118 head. This was 7.4 percent higher than the previous quarter and was 15.3 percent higher than a year ago, reflecting the ongoing drought conditions.

This was the highest cattle on feed number since December 2006. Queensland had the majority of Australia’s cattle on feed with 542,316 head, or 59.7 percent. This was up 12.6 percent over the previous quarter. Queensland and New South Wales combined had 90.3 percent of Australia’s total cattle on feed, which amounted to 820,190 head. Australia’s feedlot capacity during the third quarter equaled 1,134,460 head.

This was 5.4 percent higher than the previous quarter but was 2.4 percent lower than a year ago. The state of Queensland had the largest feedlot capacity with 624,045 head, which accounted for 55.0 percent of the total. Combined, Queensland and New South Wales had a feedlot capacity of 1,001,541 head, which comprised 88.3 percent of Australia’s total capacity.

Australia’s capacity utilization was 80 percent, compared to 79 percent the previous quarter and 68 percent a year ago. This quarter was the highest capacity utilization since 2006. Australia’s cattle marketings during the third quarter rose 5.0 percent over the previous quarter and 9.1 percent over a year ago to 707,831 head.

Through the third quarter, Australia’s cattle slaughter totaled 6.18 million head. This was up 13.1 percent over one year ago and was up 26.6 percent over two years ago. The complete report is available on the ALFA website at http://www.feedlots.com.au/.

 

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