U.S. pork and beef exports remained strong in June, pushing export value for both products to a record first-half pace, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

June pork exports totaled 181,531 metric tons (mt), up 7% from a year ago, while export value increased 25% to $585.1 million. In the first half of 2014, pork export volume was at 1.15 million mt, up 9%, and value was $3.4 billion, up 17%, achieving record highs.

Beef exports were up 5% in volume in June and set a new monthly value record of $631.7 million, up 12%. First-half export value also set a new record of $3.27 billion. Export volume was 585,953 mt in the first half, up 8% from a year ago but trailing the 2011 record.

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