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LIVESTOCK MARKETS: June results confirm strong first half for red meat exports

Exports generating excellent returns for U.S. meat industry.

U.S. pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a very strong first half of the year. According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), exports also achieved higher values on a per-head-slaughtered basis and accounted for a steady-to-higher percentage of total production.

June beef exports were the largest of 2017, reaching 109,554 metric tons (mt) – up 11% year ove

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