Mexico exported a total of 59,026 tons of beef in the January-July period, nearly double the 29,645 tons exported during the same period in 2010, the National Food Health, Safety and Quality Service, or Senasica, said.

The figure was the equivalent of 99.1 percent of the exports registered during the first seven months of last year, and it means that Mexico nearly matched its total 2010 beef exports of 60,096 tons in the seven-month period, the Senasica said.

Mexico has 391 certified producers who have been authorized by the government to export their products.

Mexican beef is sold to South Korea, the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Angola, Panama, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

Ranching, which accounted for 33 percent of Mexico's agricultural gross domestic product in 2010, employs about 61,400 people.

Beef cattle are raised on about 55 percent of Mexico's territory, the Agriculture Secretariat said.