Beef offal exports jumped by 25% in the first quarter of 2014, driven by strong demand from emerging markets, according to a report by EBLEX.
Between January and March, the UK exported 9,000t of offal, with non-EU trade accounting for 30% of all shipments – double what it was four years ago. The value of trade increased by 45% year-on-year, to £12.4m – more than double its value for the same period in 2010.
“The first quarter figures are very encouraging, with demand for offal continuing to grow and enabling us to fully utilise the carcass to help maximise returns,” said export marketing executive Jonathan Eckley.
“Although trade is still dominated by exports to EU member states, demand from Africa and the Far East has intensified in recent years, presenting further opportunities.”
Prime cattle slaughterings dropped by 1.7% in April compared to the same time last year, to 189,000 head, according to the latest statistics from DEFRA. However, beef and veal production increased slightly to 84,000t, as heavier carcasses helped to offset the fall in numbers.
Mutton and lamb production increased by 15% to 27,000t, while pigmeat production rose by 1%, to 79,000t.