McLean County Farm Bureau

Cattle farmers: Exports critical even as herd declines

Liver, skirts, tongue and tripe. While beef herd numbers are down in the U.S., those less desirable cuts are keeping international export markets strong. “Variety meat is what adds value to the carcass,” said Dean Meyer, chair of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. He discussed the demand for U.S. beef at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.