AUSTRALIA - Australian lamb exports reached 19,772 tonnes in February – up three per cent year-on-year and became the highest February volume on record, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
Almost all of the overall increase was attributed to greater volumes of frozen shipments (11,075 tonnes), while chilled shipments (8,697 tonnes) in February remained relatively unchanged compared to last year.
The Middle East remained the largest market during the month and volumes remained firm year-on-year, at 4,668 tonnes. Following closely behind was the US, with lamb exports totalling 4,425 tonnes– up two per cent on year-ago levels.
Demand from China was stronger in February, with shipments lifting two per cent on the corresponding month last year, at 3,292 tonnes.
Lamb exports to South East Asia registered 35 per cent growth year-on-year, totalling 1,308 tonnes, while, in contrast, volumes to the EU were seven per cent lower, at 1,286 tonnes.
As seasonal conditions deteriorate in the major sheep producing regions, the strong international demand should offer some comfort for producers.
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