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Sustained Demand for Australian Red Meat from China

16 October 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

CHINA - Australian red meat exports to China during September reached the second highest monthly volume on record, at 23,795 tonnes according to the Department of Agriculture.

The large shipment was underpinned by sheep meat volumes reaching 8,692 tonnes and the third greatest monthly beef and goat exports, at 14,522 tonnes and 581 tonnes, respectively, Meat and Livestock Australia said.

In terms of beef exports by cut during September, shin/shank was in the highest demand, at 2,916 tonnes, followed by brisket (at 2,756 tonnes) and carcase (at 1,964 tonnes).

The shipments of these three cuts accounted for 53% of total exports to China during September.

The September sheep meat shipments consisted of the second largest mutton exports on record, at 5,339 tonnes and lamb volumes at 3,353 tonnes.

The top two sheep meat cuts were breast and flap, at 2,849 tonnes, and carcase at 2,804 tonnes, the majority of which was mutton carcase, at 2,455 tonnes.

Assisted by sustained demand for Australia’s red meat from China, Australian red meat exports to China during the first nine months totalled 175,213 tonnes

– 381 per cent higher than the corresponding period last year and 682 per cent above the five-year average.

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