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Record July Red Meat Exports to China

08 August 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian red meat (beef and veal, lamb, mutton and goat) exports to China during July reached the highest monthly volume on record, at 23,057 tonnes, compared to 4,110 tonnes in July 2012 according to figures from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Meat and Livestock Australia said that the record monthly shipments were assisted by historically high monthly beef and goat exports, at 15,065 tonnes and 622 tonne, respectively, along with the second largest monthly sheep meat exports, at 7,370 tonnes.

The July export volume to China accounted for 17 per cent of Australia’s total red meat exports.

While the majority of beef shipments to China remained frozen grassfed product (at 11,407 tonnes during July), demand for chilled grassfed beef has improved on the back of reported increasing interest from Chinese retailers.

Chilled grassfed beef shipments during July surged to 1,931 tonnes, from only 53 tonnes in July last year, with the total volume during the first seven months reaching 9,211 tonnes – 12 per cent of the total Australian beef exported to China.

The beef cuts contributing the largest volume to the July recorded were shin/shank (2,997 tonnes), up 472 per cent year-on-year, brisket (2,698 tonnes), up significantly from the 65 tonnes in July 2012, and carcase (2,037 tonnes).

Loin cut exports (cube roll, tenderloin and striploin) during July surged (603 per cent) year-on-year, to 543 tonnes, taking the total volume for the first seven months of 2013 to 2,227 tonnes, up substantially from the 499 tonnes during the corresponding period last year.

Australian lamb exports to China during July were the second highest monthly volume on record, at 3,500 tonnes, while mutton exports achieved the fourth largest volume, at 3,870 tonnes.

The most popular sheep meat cut shipped to China during the month was carcase, at 2,620 tonnes, the majority of which was mutton carcase, totalling 2,415 tonnes. Following carcase was sheep meat breast and flap, at 2,456 tonnes (up 14 per cent year-on-year), with mutton breast and flap exports during July, at 757 tonnes , up 102 per cent year-on-year, offsetting a five per cent year-on-year fall in lamb shipments, at 1,699 tonnes .

Lamb shoulder export also remained strong during July, at 628 tonnes , up 834 per cent year-on-year.

Not only have Australian beef and sheep meat exports to China surged this year, but goat meat exports have also been growing considerably. Total goat meat exports to China during the first seven months of 2013 reached 1,490 tonnes, up significantly from only 69 tonnes for the corresponding period last year.

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