Beef Exports Finally Surpass Pre-BSE Levels

Export value per head slaughtered hits $151 in early November.

The first week of November was the fifth week in a row in which beef exports exceeded 35.2 million pounds.

That level is well above pre-BSE 2003 levels, according to a report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

Exports to Mexico (8.8 million pounds) continued their rebound, and volumes remained strong to other markets, including Korea (5.7 million pounds), Japan (4.9 million pounds), Vietnam (4.4  million pounds) and Canada (4.2 million pounds), helping to ensure a very strong finish to 2010. 

The value of beef exports in September 2010 equated to $151 per head of steer and heifer slaughtered and accounted for 11 percent of total U.S. production.

This compares favorably with $118 per head in September 2009 when exports were 9.5% of total production.

For the first nine months of 2010, the value of exports per head is $145 per head, which is $8.60 more than values in 2003.

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