US meat production to boom


By Oscar Rousseau, GlobalMeatNews



Forget the threat of alt-protein and lab-grown burgers, mainstream US meat production in 2018 is set to reach its highest level this millennium.


US firms should produce a staggering 103 billion pounds (lb) of meat and poultry this year, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Driven by strong global demand for beef and pork​, 2018 should be another period of year-on-year growth for the US – one of the world’s animal protein giants.


While the USDA’s measure is only a forecast, it acts as a sound barometer for an anticipated rise in domestic production of beef, pork, poultry and lamb.


Beef and pork - up, up and away​


Big cattle cutters, like Tyson Foods​, Cargill​ and JBS​, should no doubt lead the charge as yearly beef production rises by nearly 5% to 27 billion lb. Pork, too, is expected to enjoy a near 5% annual increase, with meat output set to hit 26 billion lb by the close of the year.


While production of pork and beef is outweighed by poultry – total production could reach 48bn lb this year – the strong growth in exports for the former proteins should give factories across the country enough demand to supply record amounts of animal protein for this millennium.


Higher international sales every month last year saw US beef exports rise 14% above 2016 levels…