Australian lamb exports have again broken record volumes, according to the latest Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) figures.
Last month lamb exports hit 24,202 tonnes shipped weight (swt) – 16 per cent higher than for the same period last year.
With only two months of 2014 remaining, total lamb exports are well on track to exceed MLA’s forecast for the year (218,000 tonnes swt), with the January to October volume already at 197,208 tonnes swt.
Lamb shipments to the Middle East totalled 6,290 tonnes swt during the month, up 23pc year-on-year, to be the largest monthly volume of Australian lamb to the region since MLA’s records began in 1994.
Similarly, demand from the US in October was 22pc higher compared to last year, with the biggest lamb shipment since the October 2007 peak (5383 tonnes swt), at 5142 tonnes swt.
Exports to South East Asia reached 1449 tonnes swt for the month (up 29pc year-on-year), while volumes to Japan and France reached 1012 tonnes swt (up 113pc) and 839 tonnes swt (up 32pc), respectively.
In contrast, shipments to China eased year-on-year, with volumes back 5pc in October, at 3814 tonnes swt. Lamb exports to the UK and Canada were also lower than year-ago levels, at 735 tonnes swt (down 18pc) and 568 tonnes swt (down 16pc), respectively.
Source: Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)