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Europe gets a hunger for Aussie beef

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Australian beef and veal shipments to the European Union (EU) last month recorded the highest volume for February since 1998, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.  

Beef and veal shipments during February were up 76 per cent year-on-year to 1,974 tonnes swt.  

And Sheepmeat exports to the EU also rose, up 67pc year-on-year, totalling 2211 tonnes swt for the same period.  

Chilled grainfed beef continued to dominate shipments to the EU, totalling 9056 tonnes swt for the 2013-14 fiscal year-to-date, and up 77pc on the same period last fiscal year.  

Although UK remains the major destination for Australian beef in the EU, beef shipments to Italy and the Netherlands increased substantially in February, up 117pc and 68pc year-on-year, respectively.  

Australian lamb exports totalled 1389 tonnes swt in February, an increase of 38pc year-on-year, while mutton rose 155pc to 822 tonnes swt, with the UK remaining the major sheepmeat destination in for the EU.  

Source: Farm Weekly 

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