Beef Exports Helped by Russian Demand


U.S. beef exports in 2010 have been bolstered by a sharp increase in sales to Russia.

U.S. Meat Export Federation vice president Thad Lively says beef exports to Russia are at levels not seen since mid-2008, a year in which exports to Russia reached a record 95 million dollars.  Lively says one factor is a continuing recovery in the Russian economy.

Russia is normally a mainstay market for beef liver and other variety meats.  But Lively says the real difference recently has the increase in muscle cut demand.

“What was different in 2008—and what we see, at least for the first quarter of 2010,” he says, “is that we’ve got significant cuts from the hind quarter—mainly round cuts—moving into Russia.”

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