U.S. pork exports were 701.6 million pounds (carcass weight) for the month of March, making it the largest single month ever. March pork exports grew 5.8% and 6.6%, respectively, over January (663 million lbs.) and February (658 million lbs.). Shipments this year surged 36.1% higher than the same month last year. This also marks the largest first quarter pork exports recorded at 2.023 billion pounds, which is 39.9% higher than 2019’s.
U.S. beef exports in March totaled 267.1 million pounds, up 8.6% from last year and the highest monthly shipment level since July 2019. First quarter beef exports improved 10.5% over the prior year to 769.3 million pounds but were not record high.
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