UK sheepmeat exports have elevated by 44.8% (1,850t) from 4,130t in January 2022, the newest knowledge from the Agriculture and Horticulture Improvement Board (AHDB) exhibits.
Volumes have fallen on the month however grown on the yr as export volumes hit just below 6,000t for January 2023. There was a complete fall of 1,633t (21.5%) from December’s ranges.
Exports month-on-month fell to France by 725t (20.4%), Germany by 169t (13.1%) and Belgium by 136t (19%).
Nonetheless on the yr, exports to France have elevated 858t (43.4%), with an uptick of 400t to Germany (55.5%), and 115t to Belgium.
Recent lamb carcasses made up 82% (4,901t) of whole exports in January, with a fall of 1,061t (18%) exported from December.
Different cuts resembling recent quick forequarters and chines have seen declines from December, down 163t (47%) and 179t (55.6%) respectively. Nonetheless, on the yr, lamb carcass exports have risen by 1,370t (38.8%).
General, AHDB figures present that ranges of sheepmeat imports have very marginally fallen to 2,370t for January, a small decline from December’s ranges.
This marginal change in volumes resulted from a fall of almost 180t (20.5%) from Eire, and a rise of 191t (30.8%) imported from New Zealand, the levy board stated.
Based on the AHDB, taking a look at year-on-year volumes, a “substantial” total decline of almost 2,000t (45.6%) from January 2022 could be seen.
It attributes the overwhelming majority of this decline to falling imports from New Zealand, down 1,260t (60.9%) from January 2022.
The drop in quantity imported from New Zealand was most prevalent within the autumn of 2022, with subsequent decrease import volumes remaining comparatively equal. Related traits are seen with Australian imports, down 838t (55.5%) for a similar time interval.
imports from a product perspective, there have been giant drops in some classes year-on-year.
From January 2022, there was a decline of 727t for frozen boneless lamb meat, with a fall of 713t for frozen sheep legs. Each recent and frozen sheep meat (excluding lamb) has seen falls of 235t and 204t on the yr too.