MIDDLE EAST - Australian sheep meat exports to the Middle East were somewhat mixed during August, with lamb volumes dropping eight per cent on last year, to 4,927 tonnes, while mutton jumped 20 per cent, to 3,423 tonnes.
Most of the drop in lamb exports was accounted for by fewer light carcases being flown to Bahrain and Qatar, largely as a result of Ramadan having finished and general demand starting to ease.
In addition, the lamb carcase trade last year was relatively high in historic terms. Lamb leg exports were slightly higher than last year, with small volumes destined for Egypt, which took none last year.
Most of the increase in the mutton trade was in leg exports to Saudi Arabia (which increased from 146 to 693 tonnes) and the UAE.
Mutton carcase exports declined relative to last year (down 80 tonnes to 1,567 tonnes), but not to the same extent as lamb.
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