The U.S. Meat Export Federation reports that U.S. beef exports increased 10.8% in volume and 16.5% in value in December versus one year ago. For all of 2008, export volumes increased 28% to nearly 2.2 billion pounds, while values jumped 38% to $3.6 billion.
Some export facts:
• Nearly 12% of U.S. beef production (including variety meat) in 2008 was exported.
• The value of exports per head slaughtered equated to $133.84.
• Canada and Mexico were the top two destinations for U.S. beef, accounting for 56% of the volume and 58.4% of the value of all U.S. beef exports in 2008.
Complete export statistics, by country, for U.S. beef, pork and lamb are in the statistics section of www.USMEF.org.