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New Zealand Sheep Meat Exports to EU Lower

18 July 2014
Meat & Livestock Australia

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand sheep meat exports to the EU during the first half of 2014 declined six per cent year-on-year, to 82,116 tonnes - primarily due to the reduction in NZ lamb and mutton supplies and strong demand from other markets, accrding to analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

The decline in NZ exports has been partly reflected in higher Australian shipments for the same period, with Australian sheep meat exports to the EU up 36 per cent for the same period, to 9,714 tonnes.

The EU is traditionally NZ’s largest export market for lamb. Lamb exports to the UK, the major destination within the EU, dropped nine per cent year-on-year, to 40,097 tonnes, with mutton also down 41 per cent, to 2,824 tonnes.

Exports to China, in contrast, remained strong for the period with lamb shipments slightly higher, at 56,445 tonnes while mutton exports rose substantially, up 58 per cent, to 45,476 tonnes.

Australian sheep meat exports during the first half of 2014 to the EU increased 36 per cent year-on-year, to 9,714 tonnes with lamb and mutton shipments up 45 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.

Exports to the UK accounted for three quarters of the total, while France imports surged 116 per cent for the same period, to 683 tonnes.

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