Throughout the first half of 2010, Mexico has been the only major market in which U.S. beef exports have trailed last year's pace. That trend continued through June, with exports to Mexico trailing January-June 2009 totals by 24% in terms of both volume and value. Exports to Mexico have shown recent signs of improvement, however, with weekly export data for the last three weeks of July and the first week of August exceeding year-ago volumes.

Elsewhere, U.S. beef exports are on a very powerful roll. In South Korea, export volume is nearly double the pace of 2009 at 50,221 metric tons (110.7 million lbs.) and up nearly 130% in value to $225 million.

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