Mutton exports from New Zealand rose significantly in the
first quarter of this season.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand has released statistics for lamb,
mutton and beef exports for October, November and December
2013 - the first three months of the 2013-14 meat export
While there was little change in the volume and value of beef
and veal exports compared with the corresponding period last
season, mutton exports were up 16.3% in volume and 22% in
The average return increased by 4.9% to $5200 FOB per tonne,
Beef and Lamb said.
China remained the largest market for mutton, continuing to
grow rapidly. New Zealand's mutton exports to that country
doubled in the first three months of the 2013-14 season from
the previous season's figure.
Total exports of lamb decreased by 5.3% to 61,000 tonnes
shipped weight. This reflected a decrease in bone-in cuts,
partly offset by an increase in frozen carcasses exported to
The decrease in volume was counterbalanced by an 8.9%
increase in average value, resulting in the total value of
lamb exports rising by 3.2%.
The receipts for lamb exports averaged $8,400 FOB per tonne
in the quarter.
Total exports of beef and veal were almost unchanged, down
0.5% to 68,000 tonnes shipped weight.
''This reflected a notable decline in exports to North
America - down 13% - although partly offset by rises in
exports to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and China,'' Beef
and Lamb said.
''The drop in exports to North America reflected a decrease
in exports of manufacturing beef and veal, related to low
bull and cow slaughter figures for the period.
''This drop in manufacturing beef and veal was not fully
compensated by the exports to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan
and China. Meanwhile, exports of boneless beef (either
chilled or frozen) increased.''
Volumes exported to Indonesia quadrupled compared to the
first quarter last season. That was due to a change in import
regulations, with a price reference system replacing the
''Exports to Indonesia are now back to levels seen in late
The total value of beef and veal exports increased 0.5% from
the same quarter last season.
Overall, receipts for beef and veal exports averaged $5900
FOB per tonne - up 1.0%.
The average return from China for beef and veal ($5500 FOB
per tonne) was larger than that from the US ($5200).
- Beef and Lamb's interactive meat exports tool allows people
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lamb and beef statistics by market, value, and volume. It can
be accessedat: portal.beeflambnz.com/tools/export-tool