Beef and veal exports soar as lamb market flat
UK exports of beef and veal rose by 31% last year, new figures from Eblex have revealed, although sheep meat fared less well.
The figures were published in Eblex’s new Meat and Livestock UK Yearbook 2011, produced from AHDB Market Intelligence and available free to Eblex levy payers.
The volume of fresh and frozen beef and veal rose from 83,400t in 2009 to 109,300t in 2010, increasing the value to the industry by 28.4% to £330.9m.
Meanwhile, volumes of sheepmeat exports fell by 7% to 88,700t in 2010, driven by lower domestic production. The value rose slightly by 0.9% from £316.2m in 2009 to £319m in 2010.
However, Eblex has recently hosted a group of chefs and food journalists from Germany, as part of the development of the Quality Standard lamb exports. The group visited farms in the Lake District, and took a tour of the Lancaster Auction Mart.
Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports for Eblex, said: “We are fast developing our export sales in Germany as a top priority market and will be attending four shows and events in the region between now and the end of January to further promote the use of high-quality lamb.”
The International Meat Market Review has predicted global prices remaining high for English lamb as global supplies remain tight and demand from Asia and the Middle East increases.