AUSTRALIA - Australian mutton exports in February were 24 per cent below the corresponding month last year, consistent with a drop in slaughter across the eastern states, at 14,243 tonnes, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
They were, however, 19 per cent above the five-year average.
Shipments to the three primary mutton export destinations were lower, with volumes to the Middle East down 17 per cent, to 4,704 tonnes, while exports to China were 34 per cent lower, at 3,232 tonnes, and those to the US were down 18 per cent, at 1,485 tonnes.
While smaller markets, there were notable increases in exports to Kuwait, up 131 per cent year-on-year, at 664 tonnes, Singapore (607 tonnes) and Qatar (279 tonnes), each up nine per cent from the corresponding month last year.
Mutton shipments are likely to remain below year-ago levels for the majority of 2015, underpinned by lower slaughter, rather than waning demand.
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