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Uruguayan Beef Shipments Up

16 August 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

URUGUAY - Uruguayan beef exports during July increased by seven per cent on the previous month, to 20,133 tonnes - but remained 14 per cent lower on the corresponding period in 2012, according to data from Meat and Livestock Australia.

China remained the major destination, while chilled shipments to the EU also registered significant growth.

In contrast to the higher export volumes for July, cattle slaughter decline for the third consecutive month.

Shipments to China accounted for 32 per cent of total exports during July, at 6,536 tonnes, mainly frozen beef.

Also assisting the growth for the month was exports to Israel, up by four per cent month-on-month, to 2,464 tonnes.

Chilled beef exports to the EU during July rose by 52 per cent year-on-year, to 1,760 tonnes.

Uruguayan cattle slaughter during July decreased by 19 per cent year-on-year, to 145,760 head.

The short supply of cattle, combined with robust export demand kept steer price firm, averaging 360 U$¢/kg in July.

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