U.S. beef and pork exports for March saw double-digit increases in key markets including China, South Korea, and Mexico according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Pork exports reached their highest monthly total since October 2012. Pork exports increased by 29% in both volume (209,704 metric tons) and value ($606.7 million).
Total pork exports represented 31.5 percent of total U.S. pork production in March. This compares to 28% a year ago.
A new record of $69.93 was set for the export value per head slaughtered. This compares to $50.38 last year. Beef exports increased 12% in volume (93,380 metric tons) and 17 percent in value ($516.2 million) in March.
Beef exports represented 14 percent of total production with an export value per head of fed slaughter of $271.57. This compares to 12% of total production and $222.20 export value last year.