Paraguay beef exports for 2018 are forecast at 380,000 tons carcass weight equivalent, unchanged from 2017. Beef production is projected to increase marginally because of a stagnant herd due to low weaning ratios. Cattle finishing is slowly becoming more efficient as the use of grains for feed expands. Paraguay domestic beef consumption for 2018 is forecast at 241,000 tons, higher than the previous two years. This rise is supported by the country’s economic growth, which is incorporating more consumers with higher purchasing power.