AUSTRALIA - For the first month of 2015, Australian lamb exports were valued at $114.8 million, which was 11 per cent (or A$11.1 million) higher than year-ago levels, according to Meat nd Livestockn Australia.
Shipments to the US returned A$36.9 million during January, an increase of 45 per cent year-on-year, and the Middle East was not too far behind, with the value of lamb exports up 12 per cent year-on-year, totalling A$30.4 million.
In contrast, the value of Australian lamb shipments to China declined 30 per cent on the corresponding month last year, at A$10.6 million.
Exports to the EU generated A$6.6 million for the month, back 13 per cent year-on-year, while values to South East Asia were six per cent lower, at A$4.6 million.
The Australian mutton export value totalled A$64.9 million in January – up five per cent (or A$3.1 million) year-on-year.
Mutton shipments to the Middle East returned A$18.5 million, 15 per cent greater than the corresponding month last year, while to China, values declined 21 per cent year-on-year, to A$13.8 million.
The US registered considerable growth during January, with values surging 150 per cent year-on-year, to A$8.7 million.
Export values to South East Asia also recorded a notable increase, up 62 per cent year-on-year, reaching A$9.9 million for the month.
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