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Caribbean, Mexico Drive Soaring Demand for U.S. Lamb

Published: Jul 04, 2022
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January-April exports of U.S. lamb are up 49% by volume compared to the same period in 2021. Export value during that same period climbed 76% to nearly $10 million. Liz Wunderlich, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Caribbean representative, explains the Caribbean has been driving demand for high-quality muscle cuts while Mexico remains the largest market for U.S. lamb, largely buying variety meat.


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The U.S. Meat Export Federation ( is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations. USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law. USMEF is an equal opportunity employer and provider.