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Sheep Meat Imports to US Up in First Six Months

11 August 2014

US – Sheep meat imports to the US lifted for the first half of the year following four years of subdued buying.

A total of 38,700 tonnes of sheep meat, up three per cent on the year, was down to greater availability from Australia, English and Welsh red meat levy board EBLEX has reported.

Australian volumes lifted 14 per cent, accounting for 73 per cent of US sheep meat imports in light of New Zealand’s ‘preferential access’ to Europe, EBLEX added.

“While sheep meat remains a niche component of the US meat market, the indication this year is that it has been more competitively priced against competitor proteins,” an EBLEX spokeperson said.

“This comes as beef, pork and poultry prices have all risen sharply this year in response to tightened supplies.

“The average unit value of imports during the six month period was nearly nine per cent higher on the year. This meant that the value of US sheep meat imports was 12 per cent higher on the year at US$323 million.”

Volumes are set to be tighter in Australia and New Zealand so analysts are predicting lower second half imports after June volumes slipped 21 per cent on the year.

However, the US is likely to stay the fourth biggest sheep meat importer, EBLEX concluded. 

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