Sheep meat cuts buck overall downward export trend

Sheep meat cuts buck overall downward export trend

EBLEX’s ‘cuts not carcases’ approach to exporting UK sheep meat appears to have paid dividends in the first nine months of 2012 with export volumes of cuts up 11% on the year.

The exports of bone-in and boneless cuts for the period bucked the trend of a fall in overall sheep meat exports of 6%. The decline in total volume of sheep meat exports was driven by an 11% drop in carcase shipments.

Sheep meat cuts now account for 26% of total export volumes, compared with only 22% in the corresponding period last year.

Paul Heyhoe, EBLEX/AHDB market specialist, said: “While the overall volume of sheep meat exports in the first nine months of the year has fallen, largely driven by the drop in production, it has disguised some of the trends in the UK’s export performance.

“One of the key developments continues to be the ‘cuts not carcase’ approach. In contrast, the positive figures for exports of bone-in and boneless cuts speak for themselves, which is very encouraging.”

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