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CME: June, July Cattle Imports Below 2019 Levels

10 September 2019

US - The last two months of cattle import data don’t reflect the strong pace of shipments that have occurred through the first seven months of the year, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

Both June and July cattle imports were 2.7 percent and 4.1 percent below last year’s levels, respectively. Cattle imports year-to-date trade data through July, are up 14.7 percent to 1.25 million head.

Typically, two-thirds of cattle imports originate from Mexico and a majority are feeder cattle weighing 400-700 pounds. Through the first seven months of 2019 cattle imports from Mexico are tracking 12.4 percent above last year.

USDA AMS weekly import data gives an indication as to the pace of shipments leading up to the release of official trade statistics. August weekly data typically sees a slower pace of shipments. Year-to-date shipments are running 8.9 percent above last year.

For the week of 24 August weekly data showed no cattle shipments. It is reported that USDA APHIS Veterinary Services were not available for inspection at any ports, so no livestock crossed the border that week.

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