Pork export volumes bounce back, beef values climbing

April exports of U.S. pork reached the largest monthly volume in more than a year, while U.S. beef exports remained on a record value pace through April, according to data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Pork exports totaled 200,125 metric tons in April, up 4 percent year-over-year and the largest since March 2014. Export value ($512.1 million) was down 14 percent, reflecting lower pork prices. Through the first four months of 2015, pork exports were down 7 percent in volume (726,102 metric tons) and 14 percent in value ($1.93 billion) from the same period last year.

Mexico is once again the pacesetter for U.S. pork exports, with January-April volume up 8 percent year-over-year to...

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