U.S. pork industry looking forward to more growth in 2023

IARN — Demand for U.S. pork will continue to pick up pace, as the industry has seen in the past couple monthly export reports. Dr. Steve Meyer, an economist with Partners for Production Agriculture, which was recently acquired by Ever.Ag, said the key is to keep countries like Mexico at current buying levels, it will allow for expansion in other areas. Read more

Creating opportunities for lesser-known pork cuts in Mexico

IARN — U.S. pork exports to Mexico reached new heights in 2022. Through November, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), shipments to Mexico were up 9% from a year ago and nearly matched the full-year record achieved in 2021. Export value has already set an annual record at $1.84 billion, up 20% year-over-year. In both October and November, exports topped $200 million in value.

While hams make up a large portion of these record-breaking shipments, support from the National Pork Board and the USDA Market Access Program is helping create opportunities for other cuts such as jowls and loins. Gerardo Rodriguez, USMEF marketing director in Mexico, said they had a recent project that developed a chicharrón – a very popular food item in Mexico – made from pork jowls.

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Photo courtesy of U.S. Meat Export Federation

Global strategist urges patience

IARN — The agricultural economy is always being affected by external forces, from government regulations to wars taking place continents away. The past few years have provided no shortage of outside challenges. Rabobank Global Strategist, Stephen Nicholson said the best advice he can give is to be patient. Read more

U.S. cattle on feed down three percent

IARN — Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million on January 1. The inventory was three percent below January 1 of last year. Read more