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Lift in China Sheepmeat Supply

22 August 2014

CHINA – Chinese sheep meat supply has lifted, China’s Animal Agriculture Association has reported.

This is largely due to a lift in New Zealand product entering the market and stable domestic mutton production.

New Zealand mutton shipments over the three months to June increased 25 per cent year on year, while Australian export declined.

Chinese demand regularly slows in summer months, say Market analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

Average wholesale prices have eased midsummer, but remained above a year ago.

Summarising the Chinese outlook, an MLA spokesperson said: “Sheepmeat demand in China is expected to start improving from September.

“While sheep might be available in China, the expected lower sheep and lamb throughput in Australia and NZ is likely to limit shipments to the market.”

This year’s MLA market intelligence finds that consumers prefer local sheepmeat, citing consumer perceptions of freshness in relation to domestic mutton.

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