Australian lamb exports to the EU were sluggish in September, back 9% year-on-year, totalling 1,076 tonnes swt.
Lamb exports to the EU totalled 7,620 tonnes swt in the nine months to the end of September, 16% below year ago levels and 17% below the five year September average.
Australian lamb exports to the EU have been constrained by poor consumer confidence within the EU, unfavourable exchange rate conditions and strong competition from frozen New Zealand product.
Beef exports continue to be a positive story for Australian red meat in the EU market, with beef shipments up 26% year-on-year in September, to 1,227 tonnes swt.
Beef exports for the year to date (end of September) have totalled 10,277 tonnes swt, an 8% increase year-on-year.
Grass fed beef remains the dominant export, comprising 61% of all beef exports to the EU.
Grainfed shipments, however, continue to increase, with grainfed exports for the year to date totalling 4,005 tonnes swt, a 30% jump when compared year-on-year.
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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