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16 August 2012

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The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently published June 2012 US red meat export and import data. According to the numbers, during June, US exports of beef and veal cuts and beef variety meats totaled 94,121 MT.
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This was down 15.4 percent from June 2011. More specifically, fresh, chilled beef exports equaled 31,000 MT, which was 2.5 percent higher than the previous month but was 19.3 percent lower than June 2011. Frozen beef exports equaled 35,180 MT, which was a little higher than the previous month but was 9.6 percent lower than June 2011. During June, the US exported 24,840 MT of beef variety meats. This was 6.3 percent less than the previous month and was 18.4 percent less than June 2011. During the first half of the year, US beef variety meat exports totaled 157,885 MT, 11.6 percent below a year ago. Egypt was the main beef variety meat export market with 52,364 MT, or 33.2 percent of the total. During June, US beef exports to Mexico fell 3.1 percent from the previous month to 15,365 MT. During the first half of the year, beef exports to Mexico totaled 103,750 MT, which was 17.8 percent less than a year ago. Mexico was the primary destination for US beef with 18.8 percent of the total exports. Beef exports to Canada during June rose 19.7 percent over the previous month to 16,599 MT. Year-to-date beef exports to Canada were 7.5 percent less than last year, amounting to 80,858 MT. First half beef exports to Japan totaled 72,443 MT, 6.3 percent lower than a year ago. Additionally, first half beef exports to South Korea were down 24.1 percent from a year ago, amounting to 65,963 MT. Overall, US total beef and veal and beef variety meat exports during the first half of 2012 equaled 550,466 MT, 11.3 percent below the same period a year ago.

During June, the US exported 162,602 MT of pork cuts and pork variety meats. This was 11.6 percent less than the previous month and was a little less than June 2011. More specifically, exports of fresh, chilled pork totaled 49,416 MT, which was down 16.1 percent from the previous month but was up 20.3 percent over June 2011. Likewise, exports of frozen pork were down 4.6 percent from the previous month but were up 10.1 percent over June 2011, amounting to 73,400 MT. Exports of US pork variety meats during June fell 19.4 percent from the previous month and 24.1 percent from June 2011 to 27,108 MT. During the first half of the year, the US exported 200,026 MT of pork variety meats. This was 15.0 percent less than last year. Mexico was the primary pork variety meat export market for the US with 75,943 MT, or 38.0 percent of the total. During June, the US exported 39,125 MT of pork to Mexico, which was down 14.7 percent from May. During the first half of the year, pork exports to Mexico were up 12.7 percent over a year ago, amounting to 287,017 MT. Mexico was the largest buyer of US pork with 25.7 percent of the total. US pork exports to Japan during June fell 11.3 percent from the previous month to 32,905 MT. Year-to-date pork exports to Japan totaled 231,930 MT, which was 7.0 percent below a year ago. Year-to-date pork exports to China were 50.5 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 172,781 MT. Overall, during the first half of 2012, US total exports of pork cuts and pork variety meats equaled 1,116,107 MT, 4.8 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

US beef and veal imports during June totaled 71,654 MT. Although this was 11.7 percent lower than the previous month, it was 3.2 percent higher than June 2011. Specifically, imports of fresh, chilled beef totaled 24,642 MT, which was down 13.1 percent from the previous month and was down 12.2 percent from June 2011. Imports of frozen beef totaled 44,302 MT, which was down 12.4 percent from the previous month but was up 14.1 percent over June 2011. During June, the US imported 18,479 MT of beef from Australia. This was 30.4 percent lower than the previous month. During the first half of the year, beef imports from Australia were 75.7 percent greater than last year, amounting to 116,383 MT. Australia was the leading supplier of beef to the US with 27.8 percent of the total imports. Beef imports from Canada during June fell 11.5 percent from the previous month to 16,138 MT. Total year-to-date beef imports from Canada equaled 112,514 MT, which was down 2.1 percent from last year. Canada was the second largest beef import market for the US with 26.9 percent of the total. During June, the US imported 23,821 MT of beef from New Zealand, which was up 19.1 percent over the previous month. During the first half of the year, beef imports from New Zealand totaled 103,381 MT, 2.8 percent more than last year. Overall, US beef and veal imports during the first half of 2012 equaled 418,868 MT, which was 18.4 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

During June, US pork imports rose 3.6 percent over the previous month to 27,768 MT. Also, this was 4.3 percent higher than June 2011. More specifically, imports of fresh, chilled pork equaled 16,704 MT, which was up 3.0 percent over the previous month and was up 9.2 percent over June 2011. Likewise, imports of frozen pork were up 6.2 percent over the previous month and 12.1 percent over June 2011, totaling 7,546 MT. U.S. pork imports from Canada during June totaled 21,840 MT, which was 1.0 percent higher than the previous month. During the first half of 2012 pork imports from Canada during June totaled 136,180 MT, which was slightly higher than a year ago. Canada was the main source of US pork imports with 79.5 percent of the total. During June, the US imported 2,955 MT of pork from Denmark, which was up 38.9 percent over the previous month. Total year-to-date pork imports from Denmark were 5.5 percent less than last year, amounting to 16,899 MT. Overall, US total pork imports during the first half of 2012 equaled 171,358 MT, 1.3 percent more than the same period a year ago. To obtain further US trade data, visit the FAS website at http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats/.

Note: The above US trade data includes 2011 13th month data. Each year the Department of Commerce, US Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division releases a 13th month file approximately three months after the December release of the data. The 13th month includes corrections made at the request of outside sources and verified with exporters or importers by the Foreign Trade Division. The 13th month also includes late shipments.

North America

CanFax recently issued 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, Canada’s total cattle on feed on August 1, 2012 equaled 634,627 head, which was 5.6 percent less than one year ago and was 7.5 percent less than the five year average. During July, 51,836 head of cattle were placed on feed. This was down 12.4 percent from one year ago and was down 30.0 percent from the five year average. Additionally, this was the lowest July placements since the report began in 2000. According to CanFax, increasing grain prices, poor feedlot profit margins, and good grass conditions in Western Canada all led to the lower placements. The number of steers placed on feed equaled 29,402 head, which accounted for 56.7 percent of the total. Heifers placed on feed totaled 22,434 head. Specifically, feeder cattle placements weighing less than 600 pounds totaled 2,413 head, which was 41.3 percent lower than a year ago. Placements weighing 600 to 699 pounds were down 70.6 percent from last year, amounting to 1,361 head. Placements weighing 700 to 799 head decreased 49.1 percent from a year ago to 3,458 head. Finally, placements of feeder cattle weighing more than 800 pounds totaled 44,604 head, which was 2.2 percent higher than a year ago. Meanwhile, during July, Canada’s fed cattle marketings fell 11.3 percent from one year ago to 154,298 head. Also, this was down 14.8 percent from the five year average. The complete report can be found on the CanFax website at http://www.canfax.ca/.

Oceania

Recently, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) published Australia’s red meat export data for July 2012. According to the numbers, during July, Australia exported 16,076 MT of lamb, which was down a little from the previous month but was up 12.6 percent over July 2011. Australia’s lamb exports to the Middle East equaled a record 5,118 MT. This was 24.9 percent more than the previous month and was 36.8 percent more than July 2011. Total year-to-date lamb exports to the Middle East were 50.8 percent above last year, amounting to 27,310 MT. The Middle East was Australia’s primary lamb export market with 26.0 percent of the total. During July, lamb exports to the US fell 13.9 percent from the previous month to 2,919 MT. However, this was up 32.6 percent over July 2011. Year-to-date lamb exports to the US totaled 21,421 MT, which was 5.5 percent more than last year. Lamb exports to China during July rose 9.0 percent over the previous month and 50.0 percent over July 2011 to a record 2,583 MT. Total year-to-date lamb exports to China reached 15,976 MT, 35.5 percent greater than last year. Overall, Australia’s total year-todate lamb exports equaled 104,853 MT, which was up 17.4 percent over the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, during July, Australia exported 6,404 MT of mutton. This was 1.5 percent less than June but was 46.6 percent more than July 2011. Australia’s mutton exports to the Middle East during July equaled 3,551 MT, which was slightly higher than the previous month and was 41.9 percent higher than July 2011. Total year-todate mutton exports to the Middle East were 19.6 percent greater than a year ago, amounting to 25,819 MT. The Middle East was the main mutton export market for Australia with 50.8 percent of the total. During July, Australia exported 411 MT of mutton to China, which was up 8.4 percent over June and was up 125.8 percent over July 2011. Total year-to-date mutton exports to China equaled 3,639 MT, which was 84.7 percent higher than last year. Mutton exports to the US during July totaled 910 MT. This was 77.4 percent more than the previous month and was more than ten times the volume from July 2011. Year-to-date mutton exports to the US totaled 3,270 MT, 42.8 percent higher than a year ago. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date mutton exports equaled 50,855 MT, which was 21.3 percent above the corresponding period a year ago.

During July, Australia exported 82,514 MT of beef. This was up 1.1 percent over the previous month and was up 4.0 percent over July 2011. More specifically, exports of frozen beef equaled 58,630 MT, which accounted for 71.1 percent of the total. Exports of fresh, chilled beef equaled 23,884 MT. Australia’s beef exports to Japan during July totaled 31,028 MT, which was 2.4 percent higher than the previous month and was 33.3 percent higher than July 2011. Year-to-date beef exports to Japan totaled 181,896 MT, 4.5 percent below a year ago. Japan was Australia’s largest beef export market with 34.2 percent of the total. Australia’s beef exports to the US during July fell 1.4 percent from June to 17,105 MT. However, this was 8.7 percent more than July 2011. Total year-to-date beef exports to the US were 40.2 percent greater than last year, amounting to 135,224 MT. Australia’s beef exports to South Korea during July equaled 9,553 MT. Although this was 7.5 percent higher than the previous month, it was 17.2 percent lower than July 2011. Year-to-date beef exports to South Korea were 30.1 percent less than last year, amounting to 59,311 MT. Overall, Australia’s total year-to-date beef and veal exports equaled 532,168 MT, which was slightly higher than the same period a year ago. Exports have been restrained by the high Australian dollar, increased competition in North Asia and sluggish consumer demand in many markets. To obtain further information on Australia’s red meat exports, go to the DAFF website at http://www.daff.gov.au/.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) recently published its Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries 2012 report. According to the report, sheep breeding numbers were down by 5.4 percent as of June 30, 2011. However, favorable climate and pasture conditions have increased lamb production for the fiscal year (FY) ending June 30, 2012. Over the outlook period, a slow decrease in the sheep inventory will be offset by increasing lamb percentages and lamb weights. This will leave lamb production and exports stagnate. New Zealand’s lamb exports are expected to increase 5.7 percent over the previous year. Additionally, lamb export revenue for the FY 2012 is estimated to be 5.8 percent higher than the previous year due to increased volume. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s beef cattle inventory on June 30, 2011 decreased 2.5 percent from 2011. Favorable pasture conditions resulted in an increase in beef and veal production for the year ending June 30, 2012. Total beef cattle numbers are expected to remain fairly constant over the outlook period. New Zealand’s beef exports for FY 2012 increased 1.1 percent over a year ago. Beef export values for FY 2012 were nearly 1.0 percent more than 2011. Over the next 12 months, New Zealand beef export prices in US dollars are forecast to remain high because of the tight supply in the US To obtain the complete annual report, go to the SONZAF website at http://www.maf.govt.nz/.

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