Australian beef exports to the US are back up, after falling to their lowest level in 40 years last year.
Latest import figures show the US imported 74 per cent more Australian beef for the year to April.
It doesn't surprise research and marketing body Meat and Livestock Australia.
Tim McRae, chief economist at MLA, says the drought in the US has reduced cattle numbers.
"We did, in 2012, expect the US to be one of our main growth markets," he said.
"The US is a huge competitor for us in North Asia, but they're also one of the world's biggest importing markets.
"They traditionally take lean beef, manufacturing beef. We produce a lot of that and just this year they've got a fall in production."
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