July Beef Exports Set Record While Pork Value Remains Strong

U.S. beef exports set another value record in July. Data recently released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows export value climbed 45% year-over-year to just over $939 million, while volume was the third largest of the post-BSE era at 122,743 metric tons, up 14% year-over-year. July beef exports to the […]

Argentina Extending Beef Export Limits

Earlier this week, Argentina extended beef export restrictions through the end of October. Reuters reports the Argentine government seeks to bolster domestic supply to help contain rising local food prices. Restricting exports by the Argentine government is often politically fueled, and this time comes a few months ahead of mid-term elections. A similar move occurred […]

Beef Exports Very Strong During The First Half Of 2021

U.S. Beef exports were very strong during the first half of 2021. According to the U.S Meat Export Federation, exports through June reached 700,087 metric tons, up 18% from the same time period a year ago, with a value of $4.64 billion, up 28% from last year. USMEF Economist Erin Borror said the beef export […]

Cattle Expert Says Demand For Hide Continues To Increase

In addition to the value of a beef carcass and the beef cuts that typically are generated, there is a value of other parts of the carcass that are termed “drop credit.” This includes the value of the hide, head, organs, and blood. While Drop Credits have been depressed in recent years, Katelyn McCullock of […]

R-CALF Addresses Globalization And The Cattle Market

R-CALF recently submitted comments to the USDA that identified two factors as, what the organization called the core structural problems causing the current crisis in the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard said the first factor, concentration in the beef packing sector, created the second problem. He noted that just four meat packers control […]

Bass: More Conversations Need To Take Place Between Producers, Packers

As lawmakers and the Ag industry look to determine how to ensure beef producers and the packing houses both receive fair pay, and have a good working relationship, one University of Idaho assistant professor said it all starts with communication. Phil Bass, with the U of I’s Meat Science Department, said not only do producers […]

Broad-Based Growth Drives U.S. Beef and Pork Exports to New Heights

U.S. beef and pork export value shattered previous records in May, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Announced this week, beef exports also reached a new volume high in May, while pork export volume was the third-largest on record. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom stated, “The outstanding May performance is especially gratifying when […]

USMEF: Market Diversification The Key

March was a good month for American meat exports. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef and pork exports totaled just under $1.6 billion. When breaking down the numbers, beef exports set a single month record, with more than $800 million sent overseas in March of this year. Dan Halstrom, President and CEO of […]

UC Davis: COVID Cases In Meatpacking Plants Costs Rural Economies Over $11 Billion

One of the sectors of the Ag community hit especially hard during the spread of COVID-19 last year was meatpacking plants nationwide. But, according to UC Davis, the impact was much more severe than initially thought. Researchers say an estimated 334,000 cases of COVID-19 are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic […]

Record-Breaking Performance for U.S. Beef and Pork Exports in March

U.S. red meat exports ended the first quarter on a high note. The U.S. Meat Export Federation reported March beef and pork exports each posted the highest monthly value on record. Pork exports and shipments of beef muscle cuts also set new volume records in March. March pork exports were record-large at 294,700 metric tons, […]