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Australian Red Meat Shipments to Middle East Up

18 October 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian red meat exports to the Middle East for the first nine months of 2013 have surged.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia, beef shipments are up by 114 per cent year-on-year, at 49,517 tonnes, while sheep meat exports are up 12 per cent year-on-year, at 80,475 tonnes.

Assisting the beef export figure in 2013 were shipments during September up 88 per cent year-on-year, to 5,364 tonnes, with frozen grassfed beef accounting for 56 per cent of total exports.

MLA said that Saudi Arabia remains the major destination, underpinned by the ban on Brazilian beef which commenced in December last year.

Australian sheep meat exports to the Middle East during September declined 17 per cent year-on-year, to 6,413 tonnes, caused by a significant decrease in mutton shipments.

Light weight sheep have been is short supply, restricting the amount of mutton that meets Middle East market specifications. In contrast, lamb exports rose by nine per cent year-on-year, to 4,286 tonnes, contributing to the surge during the first nine months of 2013.

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