Mercosur’s Beef Production Figures up in 2012
In the region, all the beef exporting countries had motives to be proud, except Argentina.
Brasil: Between Sept 2011 and Sept 2012 exports grew 7% respect 2011 and reached 1,4 million tonnes. Exports represent 20% of Brazil’s production.
Paraguay: Had an exports record with USD1,154 million, 23% higher than same period the former year, which was a record too with 940 million dollars. It is worth mentioning that the Paraguayan husbandry had an outbreak in Sept 2011 which paralised partially its exports.
Uruguay: By 22nd Dec 2012 its exports were 362 thousand tonnes, 10% above same period the former year when the shipments represented 328 thousand tonnes. These exports meant USD1340 million, 6.5% on top of last year. INAC, 2013.
Argentina: The worst of them all. During the first 11 months of the year, 202 thousand tonnes were exported. That is 18% less than same period last year. It has been the worst performance since 2001 when the FMD drew away most of the international clients. The sales to the international market represent less than 8% of the total production.
To continue pinpointing the cow – calf system, the Brazilian government will implement a credit line on March 1st for R$2million to promote a better cattle farming development aiming to recover eroded salaries, health and genetic improvement. It is to remark that the interest rate for this credit line will be of 5.5%, unthinkable in economies like the Argentinean, where inflation multiplies by five the financial rates.