U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Economist Erin Borror is in Brazil this week conducting research on the current state of Brazilian beef and pork production and the export outlook for both products. Borror explains that Brazil has been rebuilding its cattle herd over the past several years, which is now reflected in its large beef production. She notes that production growth could slow to some degree next year, however, due to a recent increase in heifer and cow slaughter.

On the pork side, Brazil is one of very few major suppliers still eligible for Russia, following Russia’s Aug. 7 import ban on most U.S. and Canadian pork products. The Russian market has also been closed to pork from the European Union since Jan. 30, due to an impasse related to African swine fever. Hong Kong is also a major destination for Brazil’s pork exports.

Technical Services Manager Cheyenne Dixon and South America Representative Jessica Julca are also on the USMEF research team. They will also be examining Paraguay’s beef industry later in the week.

If you have questions or would like a more extensive interview with Ms. Borror, please don’t hesitate to contact me.