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Chilled Grainfed Drives Exports To Japan

09 December 2009
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA - Australia exported 27,720 tonnes swt of beef to Japan in November, up three per cent on last year.

The increase was driven by strong grainfed beef shipments, with both grainfed chilled and frozen items increasing by 23 per cent (to 10,716 tonnes) and 33 per cent (to 3,474 tonnes), respectively, year-on-year. The improvement was a result of increased product availability (largely due to lower feed grain prices) and firm sales at Japanese retail, according to analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

Despite this, grainfed beef exports in November were still 10 per cent lower than the five-year average.

In contrast, chilled grassfed exports fell 30 per cent year-on-year to 3,317 tonnes, affected by tight cattle supply and weak export prices (in A$ terms).

In the calendar year to November, beef exports to Japan totalled 327,738 tonnes, just one per cent below the same time last year.

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