Despite multiple, significant Covid-19-related challenges this Spring in beef and pork production, the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) said those industries are rebounding significantly.
USMEF President Dan Halstrom said that processing facilities around the US “have done a lot of work within the supply chain on enhancements and improvements in response to Covid-19.” He made the remarks in an audio clip published this week in the trade publication Farm Journal.
He stated that for the week ending June 27, the USMEF experienced “dramatic rebounds” with their members' slaughter rates, over 680,000 cattle, with a 4% increase from the week before and 1% above the same time in 2019.
"this is the second largest weekly kill in 2020 for the beef side, with (cattle) weights up 50 pounds from last year” and that from a pork production standpoint, “this week’s estimate at 2,641,00 head is up 11% from last year. This is four weeks in a row of productions above a year ago," he added.
The USMEF is a trade association that promotes the beef, pork and lamb industries, both domestically and internationally.