Kill figures now 3.9% higher than last year

23 January 2007

Figures for the four-week period ended November 24 showed an average weekly kill of 600,250 which is down from the 634,500 of our last report. These figures are now running at 3.9% above the same time last year. Average weekly kill in the same four weeks last year was 566,750. Cattle and calves on feed amounted to twelve million head on November 1, 2006. The inventory was 4% above November 1, 2005, and 6% above November 2004. This is the highest November 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. Export figures over the four-week period under review showed that 927,700 US raw hides were sold to China keeping them in pole position. Previous purchases amounted to 643,200, 829,800, 798,000 and 1,062,100 respectively. Hong Kong was in fifth place with 124,000 (97,800) giving them a combined total with China of 1,051,700 (741,000, 884,300, 894,900 and 1,091,900 in the previous months respectively). As of November 9, accumulated raw hide exports to China totalled 9,848,800 compared with 7,691,600 at the same time a year previously. Hong Kong, however, was slightly down at 990,300 (1,088,500). Hide exports to Japan were up at 1,050,300 against 812,600 a year earlier. Taiwan also took more, buying 1,959,600 (1,805,500). The Mexican total was up slightly at 1,298,800 (1,267,400). Declines in accumulated exports were seen to Korea at 4,509,500 (5,191,100) and Thailand with 576,600 (670,100). Korea was in second place with 622,700 raw hides (92,500, 380,600 and 301,800 respectively). Taiwan was in third place with 208,000 (111,600, 148,700 and 177,800). Mexico was in fourth place with 1140,500 (56,300, 66,600 and 78,000). Thailand purchased 62,700 (86,699, 39,800 and 39,300) and Japan took 58,600 (159,000, 74,500 and 100,900). Italy was in eighth place with 38,800 (15,900, 35,200 and 35,400) followed by Vietnam with 16,400 (18,400, 17,300 and 20,500). Canada bought 3,900; Croatia 2,100; Belgium 1,400 Dominican Republic 1,300; and Türkiye 1,100. Japan also purchased 6,000 kip; Holland 5,700 kip; and other buyers were Italy and India. When it came to wet-blues, Italy was in the lead with 225,600 (68,000). China came next with 123,800 followed by Hong Kong with 76,200 giving a combined total of 200,000. This compares with 178,400, 191,700, 165,200 and 237,600 in the preceding months, respectively. Mexico took 34,000 (26,500); Korea 17,300 (41,800); Taiwan 13,200; Germany 9,200; Dominican Republic 4,600 (19,700); Japan 2,300 (2,200); and Costa Rica and Canada both purchased 1,400. Hong Kong bought 2,098,800lb (3,427,200lb) of wet-blue splits and China 349,200lb (394,100lb) giving them a combined total of 2,448,00. Korea took 718,000lb and Italy 792,000. There were also negative adjustments against previous orders, amounting to 10,700lb against Mexico and 19,400 against China.

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