Beef and sheep exports hold firm

UK beef and sheepmeat exports have continued to perform strongly, according to a report by AHDB meat services.

Exports of fresh and frozen beef were up by over a third on the same time last year at 12,000t in August, while total beef exports in the year to date were 39% higher at 91,000t. The Netherlands, Ireland and France were the main destinations, although a range of other markets also recorded increased beef shipments.

UK sheepmeat exports were 4% higher year-on-year in August, at 9,200t, with most going to other EU countries. Trade to France was down slightly, although it remained the most important destination, accounting for 65% of UK shipments during August. Trade to Germany and Ireland was up 28% and 65% respectively, the report said.

“Although shipments to other EU countries account for the majority of sheepmeat exports from the UK, trade to non-EU markets continued to grow. In August there was an 88% growth in shipments to this market. Most of this product went to Vietnam, Hong Kong and China and South Africa.”

The report also revealed exports of fresh and frozen pork were 42% higher than last year, at 12,000t in August, driven by more shipments to Hong Kong and South Korea.




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