AUSTRALIA – Australia’s beef offal exports during August kept pace with the high slaughter levels, with the volume up five per cent year-on-year, at 13,380 tonnes, and taking the year-to-August volume to 103,996 tonnes– 13 per cent higher than the corresponding period last year, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
While the drought induced surge in cattle slaughter has underpinned the greater volumes available for export, the growing demand from a number of emerging markets has facilitated the overall increase.
For the first eight months of 2014, beef offal shipments to South Africa are 54 per cent above where they were during the same period last year, at 13,145 tonnes, while volumes to Indonesia are up nine-fold for the period, at 11,321 tonnes.
Similarly, while the Middle East is continuing to demand greater volumes of Australian beef, offal exports are also significantly (54 per cent) higher than year-ago levels, at 5,219 tonnes.
Each of these increases highlight the progressively growing demand for protein in the respective regions.
Of the traditionally larger beef offal export markets, shipments to Japan for the year-to-August are down two per cent, at 17,197 tonnes, while those to Korea are up 12 per cent, at 16,646 tonnes, followed by Hong Kong, at 16,506 tonnes, up three per cent year-on-year.
For the remaining third of the year, beef offal shipments are likely to remain high, only tapering if a widespread break occurs across the key northern cattle producing regions – triggering a reduction in slaughter levels.
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