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Record Grain-fed Beef Exports to EU

04 June 2014
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian beef exports to the EU totalled 2,104 tonnes during May, up five per cent year-on-year, with a record monthly volume of grain-fed beef, according to analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

Traditionally, May is a strong month for beef exports to the EU, as both the “Hilton” and “Grain-fed” quota years run from the beginning of July to the end of June, with quota holders increasing exports before the end of the year.

Grain-fed beef exports totalled 1,558 tonnes during May, with shipments to United Kingdom, Italy and Netherlands representing 96 per cent of the total.

According to IMTA (The International Trade Meat Association) for the fiscal-year to date (end of May), EU total imports under the “Grain-fed” quota totalled 37,468 tonnes - an increase of 28.5 per cent on the previous year.

Lamb shipments to the EU continued to surge in May, up 63 per cent year-on-year, to 1,364 tonnes, while mutton, in contrast declined 58 per cent year-on-year, to 176 tonnes.

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