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NZ Lamb Exports Down, but Chinese New Year a Positive

02 October 2015
Meat & Livestock Australia

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's lamb exports for this season (October 2014-July 2015) are three per cent below last year's figures, according to the latest data from Statistics New Zealand.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) reported that increasing exports to the US, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands were not enough to offset declines in exports to the UK and China.

In the UK, farming organisations have been lobbying hard for supermarkets to stock solely British lamb when in season, whilst in China, the general economic slowdown might be to blame.

However, there are reports of an upswing in demand from China in recent weeks, according to MLA. Buyers are keen to begin securing sheep meat supplies ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in February.

MLA also reported that lamb slaughter is up two per cent on the year, with production up one per cent.

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