UK lamb meat up 19% in the first quarter of 2022 –

UK lamb exports in the first quarter of 2022 showed good results, while exports increased by 19 percent in the same period in 2021, according to the Board of Agriculture and Horticulture (AHDB).

AHDB staff member Duncan White said: This is about 300 t more than in February, and 400 t more than last March (+ 7%).

“It brings the total year-to-day total to 17,000t, 19% more than the same point in 2021.”

Of the 17,000t exported so far, 3,200t went to France (+ 12%), 1,300t to Germany (+ 27%) and 750t to Belgium (+ 75%). These high rates, with high average prices, cost more than ሚሊዮን 110 million, up 31% from a year ago.

“Export prices were low in the first months of 2021, as exporters struggled with new trade-offs and costs following Brexit. White added.

“This year, however, UK lambs will be left with discounts in France and Germany, and are therefore expected to benefit from exports.

Export production is associated with lamb supply and does not affect high domestic exports.

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However, imports have declined, according to White.

“The volume fell to 7,000t in March. This is 600T or 8% less than March 2021,” he said.

The 4,400t discount from New Zealand did not offset the increase. Irish volumes reach 950 T (+ 500%) and Australia volumes total 1,400t (+ 146%).

The analyst added that the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement has not yet been implemented and is not responsible for the trade that has taken place so far.

“So far this year, lamb imports are 16,000t, 12% more than a year ago. Exports were higher than imports,” White added.

“This is very common because not only during the harvest season but also during the year, GDP can be more than enough demand.”

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