Strong U.S. meat exports have accounted for a growing share of meat demand over most of the past 20 years. Beef exports fell sharply in 2004 following the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December 2003 in a dairy cow in Washington State. Even with the growth in meat exports, domestic consumption of meats remains the dominant use, accounting for about 85 percent over the past 5 years.
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