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May Middle East Beef Shipments up - Declines in Lamb and Mutton

13 June 2014
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australian beef exports to the Middle East during May reached 6,298 tonnes, steady on last year, and one of the largest ever monthly export totals to the region, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

This was essentially supply driven, given total Australian beef exports were the highest on record, although shipments are also still helped by Saudi Arabia’s ban on Brazilian beef.

Although total export volumes were steady on last year, there was a large shift from frozen to chilled grass-fed beef exports.

This was mostly a drop in manufacturing beef and an increase in cuts like topside/inside and silverside/outside.

Lamb exports dropped 12 per cent on last year during May, to 5,241 tonnes.

This included falls in exports of carcase, shoulder, forequarter and rack, and an increase in legs. In the major markets, there was a decline in exports to Bahrain and Jordan, but more lamb sent to the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Mutton exports were 14 per cent lower than last year, at 3,711 tonnes– like lamb, legs were the only major cut to register an increase, with carcases, manufacturing mutton and shoulders all lower.

Live exports to Bahrain resumed in April after more than 18 months, with 25,000 head exported. In addition, regular large markets also took solid volumes, including Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel and the UAE.

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