U-S produced meat exports hits a record amount in 2011. Mark Jagels is a livestock producer from Davenport, Nebraska and vice-chairman of the U-S Meat Export Federation and he tells us consumers around the globe want U-S beef, pork and lamb. The U-S exported more than 11.5 billion dollars worth of beef, pork and lamb products. The U-s exported 14-percent of our beef production and over 27-percent of our pork production.
Jagels says pork exports jumped 18 percent to 2.25 million tons and beef exports 21 percent to 1.29 million tons in 2011. Fourteen-percent of all U.S. beef was exported last year adding over $200 to each head of cattle and 27.5 percent of the pork produced in the United States was exported last year, adding $55.55 to the value of each hog.
Jagels says is also a member of the Nebraska Corn Board and says their goal is to add value to that kernel of corn before it leaves the state. Livestock is our number one customer in the state of Nebraska and it is a way we are adding value to the corn and soybeans produced here. Using livestock export numbers that equates to more than 94 million bushels of soybeans and more than 568 million bushels of corn needed for production.