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APR-MAY 2018

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8 FEED•LOT April/May 2018 Specializing In: • Turn-Key Feedyard Construction • Hog Site Construction • Complete Dairy Construction • Sprinkler System • C AD Design • GPS S urvey • Slipform Concrete Feedbunks • Dirtwork o f All Ty pes • Laser-Equipped Machinery • All types of Fencing Phone: 800-536-2634 maxjantzexcavating.com value of beef production in each market simultaneously. Mexico has exported about 1.1 million head of feeder cattle an - nually to the U.S. for the past 30 years. In 2017, total U.S. imports of Mexican cattle were 1.2 million, close to the long term average but up 23.3 percent from 2016. Current USDA-FAS projections for 2018 include a slight increase in Mexican cattle exports but the preliminary weekly data through early March shows a 13 percent year over year decrease for the year to date. Mexican cattle exports are determined by overall cattle num- bers in Mexico, U.S. and Mexican market conditions and drought conditions. Continued growth in beef production in Mexico may ultimately lead to fewer live cattle exports from the country. FL The Mexican cattle and beef industry has evolved rapidly in the past decade. Most notable is the expansion of beef exports from Mexico after 2009. Mexican beef exports ranked tenth in the world by 2015 although recent growth in Argentinian beef exports in 2018 may push Mexico slightly out of the top ten list of exporting countries. Growth in Mexican beef exports has been the result of expanded feedlot production, increased fed- erally-inspected slaughter and, most importantly, adoption of boxed beef fabricating technolo- gy. Beef carcass weights in Mexico have increased steadily over the past decade. The U.S. is the biggest market for Mexican beef exports, accounting for 89 percent of total exports in 2017. Mexico is attempting to de- velop a more diverse set of exports markets, partly the result of natural market growth and partly the result of uncertainty surrounding U.S. trade policy and NAFTA. Mexico is attempting to regain access to Russia and to expand beef exports to China as well as expanded ex- ports to Muslim markets with Halal certification. Mexico was the third largest source of U.S. beef imports in 2017, accounting for 19.2 percent of imports behind Australia (23.2 percent) and Canada (24.7 percent) and just ahead of New Zealand (18.6 percent). Mexico is a significant importer of beef as well and is projected to be the eleventh largest beef import- ing country in 2018, just behind Canada. Mexico is a major market for U.S. beef exports, representing 14.7 percent of total beef exports in 2017, behind Japan (28.9 percent) and South Korea (16.5 percent) and ahead of Canada (10.9 percent). Mexico, in recent years, much like the U.S. and Canada have for many years, has significant bilateral flows of beef exports and imports. These represent flows of different mixes of beef products all moving to high- er values in various markets. This is markets doing what they do best with the result of maximizing the MARKETING Growth and change in the Mexican cattle and beef industry BY DERRELL S. PEEL, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION LIVESTOCK MARKETING SPECIALIST

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