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Beef Offal Exports Keep Pace with Slaughter

10 September 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA – Australian beef offal exports have surged in line with the northern drought induced cattle slaughter highs seen this year.

August shipments are up by 17 per cent year-on-year, at 15,725 tonnes according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

Underpinning the increase was surprisingly strong demand from Japan, with monthly shipments up 23 per cent on August last year, at 2,407 tonnes, the MLA analysts said.

Tongue (796 tonnes) and skirt (825 tonnes) volumes were up 19 per cent and 18 per cent, year-on-year, respectively.

Offal exports to Korea were also robust during August, assisted by strong demand in the lead up to Chuseok, with volumes up 20 per cent year-on-year, at 2,026 tonnes.

Intestine volumes to Korea reached 555 tonnes, up 86 per cent year-on-year, while tripe shipments were up 38 per cent over the same period, at 316 tonnes.

Volumes to the Middle East were steady, at 1,513 tonnes, while to China, shipments reached 820 tonnes, up 234 per cent year-on-year, underpinned by large heart (455 tonnes swt) and tendon (240 tonnes) shipments.

Hong Kong remained Australia’s largest beef offal market, demanding 3,237 tonnes during August, up 39 per cent from the corresponding month last year, assisted by a 32 per cent increase in tripe shipments, at 2,937 tonnes.

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