May Results Show Strong Momentum U.S. Beef, Pork Exports (Audio)

U.S. beef and pork exports maintained their strong momentum in May, with double-digit increases in export value for both products compared to last year. Beef exports in May were up 5 percent in volume to 102,967 metric tons (mt) and 15 percent in value ($589 million). For the first five months of the year, export volume was up 9 percent to 479,344 mt and value increased 17 percent to $2.64 billion. May pork exports totaled 188,030 mt, up 4 percent from a year ago, while export value remained in the $600 million range for the third consecutive month ($599.6 million, +19 percent). For January through May, pork export volume (964,631 mt) was 9 percent ahead of last year’s pace, while export value was up 15 percent to $2.84 billion.