Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Impressive Recovery for Sheep Exports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Impressive Recovery for Sheep Exports

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Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie

The strengthening market for English lamb is being underpinned by a strong year-on-year recovery in UK sheep meat exports, new figures show.

The latest figures from EBLEX (English Beef and Lamb Executive) show in the half-year to June, UK sheep meat exports running at just under 32,000 tonnes carcase weight equivalent.

This represents a 29p rise on the same period last year.

"This also comes on top of a similarly impressive export boost recorded over the first half of 2002 compared with 2001, when the FMD-related ban brought overseas trade to a halt," said MLC senior economic analyst Jane Connor.

"Indeed, after two years of strong recovery, exports are currently running at well over 70pc of their pre-FMD levels.

"And, with sheep meat supplies significantly lower than before FMD, the proportion of domestic production exported - at just under 25pc - is now within a few percentage points of previous levels."

"The fact that this recovery has been sustained without any increase in lamb availability over the past year, accompanied by an average price rise of almost 20pc, is particularly impressive. …

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