China’s sucker punch to carcass value
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Last year, the United States smashed the $1 billion barrier for variety meat for the first time. China and Mexico were leading destinations. For variety meat exports only, China was our largest destination in both volume (181,351 metric tons) and value ($425.2 million). In fact, China accounted for more than one-third of U.S. pork variety meat exports last year. Variety meat exports make a very important contribution to hog carcass value, and last year these exports to China alone equated to more than $3.50 per U.S. hog.
Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation