SOUTH KOREA - Supported by Australia’s current high lamb production, along with increasing awareness of lamb in Korea, Australian lamb exports to Korea registered a record monthly shipments during May, at 648 tonnes according to the Department of Agriculture.
M eat and Livestock Australia said that while the annual lamb shipments in 2013 totalled 3,175 tonnes, which were record exports, the volumes for the first five months of 2014 have reached 2,215 tonnes.
The most popular cuts during May included, breast and flap and shoulder, at 235 tonnes and 207 tonnes, respectively.
Australia has maintained the imported sheep meat (including goat meat) market share in Korea, with its presence at 95 per cent during the first four months of 2014 - up 9 per cent on the corresponding period last year (GTA, Korea Customs and Trade Development Institution).
Australian offal exports to Korea were also up 11 per cent on the past month, but was seven per cent lower year-on-year, at 2,122 tonnes, with increased volumes reportedly being directed to the South East Asia region in recent months.
The year-on-year fall was primarily due to decreased volumes of intestines (down 45 per cent year-on-year, at 298 tonnes) and tripe (down 69 per cent, at 110 tonnes). In contrast, skirt increased 67 per cent year-on-year, at 654 tonnes, with cheek meat and tail also up four per cent, to 539 tonnes and 38 per cent, at 377 tonnes, respectively.
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