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Sheep Meat Cuts Buck Export Trend

28 November 2012

EBLEX

UK - EBLEX's 'cuts not carcases' approach to exporting UK sheep meat has paid dividends in the first nine months of 2012 with export volumes of cuts up 11 per cent on the year.

The exports of bone-in and boneless cuts for the period bucked the trend of a fall in overall sheep meat exports of six per cent. The decline in total volume of sheep meat exports was driven by an 11 per cent drop in carcase shipments.

Sheep meat cuts now account for 26 per cent of total export volumes, compared with only 22 per cent in the corresponding period last year.

Paul Heyhoe, EBLEX/AHDB market specialist, said: "While the overall volume of sheep meat exports in the first nine months of the year has fallen, largely driven by the drop in production, it has disguised some of the trends in the UK's export performance.

"One of the key developments continues to be the 'cuts not carcase' approach. In contrast the positive figures for exports of bone-in and boneless cuts speak for themselves which is very encouraging."

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