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Foreign Countries Seek U.S. Beef


The United States is shipping a lot of beef overseas.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has more on the financial impact those cows are having on our economy.

You aren't the only one who enjoys a cut from the beef case.
More countries are turning to the United States for beef.
John Hinners with the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Denver Colorado says nearly 13% of the United States beef production is exported.
The news gets better for local cattlemen as more countries open their doors to the taste of U.S. beef.
(John Hinners / US Meat Export Federation) "We know that the export market adds anywhere from $200-225 dollars on a fed steers. if we can add a few export markets. China, Russia, that can be a win-win not only for our beef producer, but ultimately their consumers."
A big move in February was Japan accepting U.S. beef that is under 30 months of age.
(John Hinners / US Meat Export Federation) "Ultimately what that does is it allows for about 95% of our U.S. cattle herd to be eligible for export to the Japanese Market. So that's a win-win for cattle producers. We always look for profitability in this industry and the export market has really been driving some of the profitability."
When you think of beef--rib eyes, T-bone and roasts probably come to mind, but other countries are importing our meat for a different cut of choice.
(John Hinners / US Meat Export Federation) "We are sending 90% of our beef tongues outside of the United States. if we are able to add a 10 dollar premium on that one item, on a tongue, by being able to provide that to a culture that enjoys that product. That's ultimately a major spoke in our economic wheel."
Hinners says currently China and Russia are two markets that are closed to U.S. beef that the federation is working to open.

Hinners says currently U.S. beef exports are down 7% for the first four months of 2013.


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