If you were ever wondering just how popular Australian lamb is around the world, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) might have the answer for you.
MLA recently announced that exports of lamb from Down Under, including organic lamb and its grass-fed variants, continues to remain at a record high to carry on a trend that had also been apparent in earlier months.
This was facilitated by a favourable combination of factors including increased supplies, the fall of the Australian dollar and limited supplies in nearby rival New Zealand, according to a September 6 news release from MLA.
Exports to Australia’s top two markets this year were higher than the last, with China and the Middle East taking in the vast majority of shipments as usual – and racking up just under 100,000 tonnes swt of quality Australian lamb combined.
The other main markets also registered a healthy number of purchases, with exports to the US, the European Union, Papua New Guinea and South-East Asia up by between 3 and 14 per cent from last year.
However, MLA also pointed out that some markets, such as Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland, were declining in comparison to last year.
Despite the minor decrease in exports to these smaller markets, the lamb export industry in Australia has been enjoying an incredibly profitable year.
It was a trend evident even in the first few months of the year, with exports in the first quarter of 2013 registering a record high of $271 million, according to a May 22 article in The Land.
Australian lamb is enjoyed all over the globe – so how great is it that we can enjoy some of the world’s freshest and finest meat in our very own country?
To enjoy Australian meat at its best, you can head to your local organic meat suppliers and ask for a great cut of organic or grass-fed lamb!