NOTE TO READERS
The Livestock and Poultry: World Market and Trade circular is designed to give the reader a snapshot picture of what is happening among the major players in world beef, pork, broiler meat, and turkey trade. Summary tables for meat production, imports, exports, and consumption are presented to provide an overview of the world situation. In addition, an explanation of significant changes in production, supply, and demand (PSD) is provided for major meat importing and exporting countries.
and Data Modifications
Forecasts of trade in animal products were made prior to
the recently announced U.S.–Japan agreement on beef trade.
Subsequent forecasts will reflect changes resulting from that and other
announced agreements. Forecasts of 2004 and 2005 poultry trade reflect policies
currently in place as a result of outbreaks in avian influenza.
Subsequent forecasts will reflect any announced changes.
The PSD data series for the European Union (EU) has been
modified to account for the 10 new members.
Please refer to “Notes on European Data” on page 29 for details.
Only those countries that make up USDA’s official PSD
database are reported. This means
world totals do not encompass all production, consumption, and trade, but rather
the sum of those countries reported in USDA’s database, which represent the
most important players in the world meat PSD situation. In an attempt to capture these major players, the list of
countries reported changes periodically.
The entire USDA PSD database is available electronically on
PSD Online. Users can use this
system to generate the full set of PSD data for those countries reporting.
PSD Online can be reached through http://www.fas.usda.gov/psd.
In addition, please refer to the USDA/FAS Dairy, Livestock and Poultry (DLP) website at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/dlp/dlp.html for additional data and analysis, such as International Agricultural Trade Reports, Trade at a Glance and Country Pages. These reports are posted regularly on the homepage covering analysis on current issues and topics, new trade data, and market competition.