UK sheepmeat exports show good growth

Sheepmeat exports continued to perform strongly last year, according to the AHDB/Eblex Cattle and Sheep Yearbook 2014.

There was success both in value and volume in 2013, with the latter increasing 9% on the year to 103,200 tonnes (t). The value of sheepmeat exports rose 8% from 2012 to £381.6 million. Eblex said there was substantial growth in exports to non-EU markets, with shipments totalling 17,600t, compared to 12,300t in 2012.

Jonathan Eckley, Eblex export marketing executive, said: “Figures for sheepmeat exports from the UK last year were very encouraging, with increases in both volume and value to EU and non-EU markets. We will continue to look to develop existing markets and help cultivate new ones as we move forwards this year.”

The Yearbook showed that, after a poor start to 2013, the lamb market recovered, with the final GB average deadweight price for the year at 414.1p/kg, up from 401.3p/kg in 2012. For beef, it revealed that the final GB average deadweight steer R4L price was up by 45p/kg or 13% on 2012 at 395.4p/kg.

The AHDB/Eblex Yearbook 2014 brings together statistics to provide farmers, auction markets, processors, retailers and other stakeholders with a full picture of UK beef and sheep meat production.

Charlotte Garbutt, AHDB head of data and analysis, said: “The Yearbook is an invaluable resource for beef and sheep farmers and the wider industry. It plays a crucial role in providing them with an array of key information to help them make important business decisions.”

Eblex said the book was available free of charge on request, subject to availability. To request a copy, email redmeatMI@ahdb.org.uk or call 024 7647 8711. It is also available on the Eblex website in two pdf files, one for sheep and one for cattle. They can be found in the Market Intelligence Publications section of the Eblex website at www.eblex.org.uk.

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