Between May and September, US beef exports to China totaled US$12.5 million, according to the US Meat Export Federation. Though this is impressive considering the export ban was lifted in May, there remains much room for growth and industry experts were hoping for a higher dollar volume for this period. These experts attribute the slow growth to two major factors: short supply and high prices. Beef that is exported to China must meet specific and stringent standards including the use of no hormones. This has presented various problems. For instance, it takes about two years to raise cattle that meet this standard.