The most recent export data released from the month of March shows the largest export data year to date for pork. Clay Eastwood, director of international market development with the National Pork Board, says the triumphs from March 2022, especially with a volume increase of 30% for Mexico, are still below the records of 2021.
“So, just a couple of things to kind of keep in perspective, in terms of our year-to-date data through March, we’re down 20 percent by volume, 17 percent by value. But some things to keep in mind there. U.S. pork did have a much higher price per pound than we did a year ago.”
The strategic partnership with the U.S. Meat Export Federation is something producers should be proud of. “With our checkoff investment into USMEF, one of the strongest attributes of that partnership is that they’re able to actually apply for and get matching dollars from USDA Foreign Ag Service. And so that’s a real win for producers in terms of matching and getting more bang for their buck, if you will.”
USMEF is the feet on the street promoting U.S. red meat, and focusing on the pork demand needs globally.
“Try to showcase different merchandising opportunities in markets where maybe like Mexico where a lot of that product is actually in the form of bone-in hams. We have tremendous opportunity to maybe increase demand for, say bone-in pork loins, a cut that is historically kind of been a drag on our cut out domestically.”
Visit porkcheckoff.org to view the full export report and learn about U.S. Pork’s international market development strategy.