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U.S. Meat Exports Down in Latest Report But Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation, Says That Was Expected
Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:43:36 CDT
U.S. meat exports were down, in both value and volume, in February according to the latest available data and Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, said that was expected.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Dan Halstrom
He recently spoke with Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.
Beef was down about 8 percent when compared to year ago levels, he said, but the muscle cuts were about steady.
Labor and transportation challenges are creating issues, he said, especially with the primal cuts and the variety meats.
I think what happens when labor is short you have to prioritize and sometimes the lower variety meats, which are in high demand overseas, just don’t get saved, Halstrom said.
The covid-related issues are mostly resolved, and the trend lines are getting better, he noted.
Halstrom is encouraged by trends that show the world is primed for a rebound.
Yeah, I think in general it most definitely is, he said.
In Vietnam, China, Japan and even Korean we’re seeing improvements, he said, as consumers are starting to get out of the house.
We also expect to see some improvements in Mexico and South America, he added.
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