Those lower feed costs are coming at an opportune time, as pork exports remain weak. For the first five months of 2009, U.S. pork exports were down 17 percent; more specifically, may saw a 36 percent drop. The biggest cause for the pork export decline is a 70 percent drop in shipments to China/Hong kong this year. in contrast, that market was U.S. pork’s second-largest foreign customer in 2008.

Calling Type a H1n1 influenza the “swine flu” has hurt U.S. pork exports. as an example, australia was the only major foreign buyer to purchase more U.S. pork this may than in last. The good news is that even 2009’s reduced exports are at or above the 2003 to 2007 trend for U.S. pork exports.