First quarter solid for some animal product exports

NAFB News Service

A USDA report says a comparison between first-quarter 2023 exports of seven animal products with the exports from the same time last year shows some improvement.

Four of the categories were year-over-year higher and three were lower so far during this year.

In the first quarter of 2023, lamb and mutton exports were up 31 percent, pork was up eight percent, broilers 2.5 percent higher, and dairy product exports were six percent higher than in 2022.

USDA said the increases were due mostly to favorable prices and the depreciating value of the dollar.

Beef and veal exports were eight percent lower than last year because of lower U.S. production in cattle-producing areas hit by extended drought.

Egg and egg-product shipments were 22 percent lower than last year, and turkey exports were 21 percent lower. Fewer egg and turkey shipments were caused by export restrictions related to high pathogenic avian influenza.

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