AUSTRALIA - The last month of winter saw Australian lamb exports rise by 10 per cent on the corresponding month last year, totalling 17,947 tonnes.
Meat and Livestock Australia said that in fact, August marks the eighth consecutive month in 2014 of lamb export volumes surpassing year-ago levels.
Despite this increase, August shipments to two of Australia’s major markets for lamb, China and the Middle East, declined one per cent and nine per cent year-on-year, to 3,143 tonnes and 4,927 tonnes, respectively.
Volumes to the US, on the other hand, surged 49 per cent on the previous year, reaching 3,492 tonnes for the month.
Strong demand from the EU continued in August, attributed to tight supplies out of NZ, with lamb exports up 36 per cent year-on-year, to 970 tonnes.
Shipments to South East Asia (900 tonnes) and Japan (690 tonnes) were seven per cent and four per cent higher year-on-year, respectively, while volumes to Papua New Guinea fell by 37 per cent, to 628 tonnes.
MLA said that Australian mutton exports were 11 per cent lower in August, compared to the same time last year, at 10,933 tonnes.
This decline was largely underpinned by volumes to China declining 46 per cent year-on-year, to 2,419 tonnes, and a 16 per cent decline in volumes to South East Asia, at 1,731 tonnes.
In contrast, MLA said, shipments to Australia’s primary destination for mutton, the Middle East, increased 21 per cent on year-ago levels, totalling 3,423 tonnes for the month.
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