Firm prices

Since the beginning of June, the ESALQ/BM&F Index for cattle accumulates an increase of 3 percent in Real and 3.8 percent in dollar, closing at 57.14 reals or 29.87 dollars per arroba this Friday, June 15th. The upward trend - atypical for the period - is related to growers' retreat even with the cold weather. Due to the lower supply and the shorter plant entries, slaughterhouses traded at higher values.

In the wholesale market of Sao Paulo city, the steer carcass averaged 3.42 reals or 1.79 dollar per kilo last Friday, June 15th, up 3 percent in Real over May 31st.

According to the Foreign Trade Secretariat (Secex - Brazilian government), in natura meat exports totaled 138 thousand tons in May, volume 31 percent higher than that exported in April and 29 percent superior to May/06.

For the living hog, prices received by farmers averaged 1.83 real or 0.96 dollar per kilo on June 15th in Sao Paulo state, increasing 8.28 percent in Real over May 31st. In the wholesale market of Sao Paulo capital, the hog carcass valuated 4.20 percent in Real, at 2.66 reals 1.39 dollar per kilo on June 15th.

Regarding the poultry sector, the frozen poultry meat prices increased 2.23 percent in Real in the same period, at 2.53 reals or 1.32 dollar per kilo on June 15th; the chilled one upped 5.78 percent in Real, at 2.23 reals or 1.17 dollar per kilo this Friday, both in the wholesale market of Sao Paulo capital - the most important Brazilian retail reference.

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