April exports of U.S. beef and pork were lower than a year ago while U.S. lamb exports continued their upward trend, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Pork export value averaged $50.58 per head slaughtered in April, down 13% from a year ago but the highest in 10 months. For January to April, export value averaged $47.25 per head, down 15% from the same period in 2018.
North Carolina’s new water quality requirements for large hog farms will not take effect this year as intended under the state Senate’s proposed budget plan. A one-year delay is needed, budget writers say.
Pork exports totaled 211,688 mt in March, down 7% from a year ago, valued at $520.7 million (down 15%). First quarter exports were 6% below last year’s pace in volume and down 14% in value, says USMEF.
The Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives and is yet another legislative proposal that offers fixes for livestock haulers regarding hours of service rules.
A bill has recently been signed into law in Oklahoma that will prohibit deceptive or misleading labeling of meat products, and in essence prevents cell cultured or plant based products from using meat terms.