AUSTRALIA - Australian mutton exports reached a record 183,232 tonnes for the 2013-14 fiscal year – an increase of 27 per cent year-on-year and 59 per cent on the five-year average.
Meat and Livestock Australia said the surge in shipments was driven by consistently high drought-induced sheep slaughter throughout spring and summer, and the rising demand for mutton in Asia particularly.
China overtook the Middle East as the largest mutton export destination for the year, with a 32 per cent market share, as volumes surged 66 per cent on 2012-13 levels, to 59,461 tonnes. Exports to the Middle East fell 12 per cent on the previous year, to 43,523 tonnes, bringing the region’s share of Australia’s mutton exports down from 34 per cent in 2012-13, to 24 per cent in 2013-14.
Demand for mutton from Southeast Asia has risen considerably over the past 12 months, as shipments jumped 57 per cent year-on-year and almost doubled from the five-year average, at 25,639 tonnes.
The US and EU registered four per cent and 17 per cent year-on-year increases, at 10,464 tonnes and 5,374 tonnes, respectively.
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