Turkey exports expected to rise

USDA raises 2020 export forecast due to China lifting ban on U.S. poultry.

Krissa Welshans, Livestock Editor

December 20, 2019

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October turkey export volumes were estimated at nearly 61 million lb., almost 7% lower year over year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported in the December “Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook.” However, this picture is expected to change in 2020 due to the opening of the Chinese market.

USDA reported that while Mexico, the largest U.S. turkey export market, imported over 2 million lb. more than last October, shipments to Hong Kong decreased by more than 3 million lb. year over year. Despite the declines, increased shipments to several countries in Latin America are expected to support fourth-quarter exports. The fourth-quarter export forecast was increased to 167 million lb.

Regarding exports in 2020, USDA said a large share of the expected growth will occur in the second half of the year. USDA has increased its 2020 export forecast to 680 million lb., more than 6% higher than the 2019 export forecast.

About the Author(s)

Krissa Welshans

Livestock Editor

Krissa Welshans grew up on a crop farm and cow-calf operation in Marlette, Michigan. Welshans earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University and master’s degree in public policy from New England College. She and her husband Brock run a show cattle operation in Henrietta, Texas, where they reside with their son, Wynn.

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