UK lamb exports in July –

UK lamb exports rose in July, but 2018 It was at a low level compared to the same period in 2021.

According to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), nearly 6,000t of mutton was exported in July.

Breaking down the July data, AHDB analyst Hannah Clarke said: “Nearly 6,000t of fresh and chilled lamb was exported from the UK, up 11% on June, but down 4% on July 2021.

“In terms of value, total lamb imports for July were up 6% year-on-year at £41.5 million.

“Month-on-month, volumes to France, Germany and Belgium have grown, outpacing the low shipments to Ireland.

“However, given the month’s 4% year-on-year decline in exports, the biggest contributor was the 17% decline. [-600t] A fall in exports to France.

“UK lamb production was down in July, with exceptional dryness and poor grass growth, which may have affected the supply to the export market compared to previous years,” continued Clarke.

“From January-July (inclusive), UK fresh and chilled lamb exports totaled 41,600t, up 18% year-on-year.

“Exports to the EU grew by 23% to 39,100t, to Ireland, France, Germany and Belgium. The total value of these exports reached £283.1m, up 28% year-on-year.

Source: AHD

UK imports of lamb.

Unlike exports, more fresh and chilled lamb continued to arrive in the UK in July than a year ago, but volumes fell last month.

According to Clarke, 5,500t of produce was imported in July, down 15% from June.

Goods sent from New Zealand decreased by 11 percent [510t]Ireland by 30% [280t]and Australia at 15%. [90t],” she said.

“YoY, however, shipments increased by 31%. Volumes from New Zealand were up 9% [+1,000t] Higher, and Ireland’s volumes increased significantly (about four times, but lower than New Zealand).

“For January-July (inclusive), UK lamb imports totaled 40,400t, up 27% on the same period a year ago. Shipments were higher from all three key suppliers. [New Zealand +2,000t; Ireland +4,200t; Australia +2,500t]He said.

Graph showing UK lamb imports by partner for January - July 2022
Source: AHD

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