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U.S. Red-Meat Exports Continue Positive Trend

Virtually every major U.S. beef export market is showing double-digit growth this year.

The global appetite for U.S. beef and pork continued to grow in September, with American red-meat exports maintaining solid momentum through the first nine months of 2010, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Beef exports continued their torrid pace in September with a 30.2% jump in value over year-ago levels while volume climbed 16.6%. For the month, the U.S. exported 86,182 metric tons (mt) of beef valued at $339.3 million. For the year, beef exports are up 16% in volume and 27% in value to 766,791 mt valued at $2.9 billion.

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