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New Zealand Beef Exports Up 23 per cent For January

19 February 2013
Meat & Livestock Australia

NEW ZEALAND - Beef exports during January lifted 23 per cent year-on-year, to 31,061 tonnes swt – the largest January volume since 2008, write market experts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

The main destination for NZ beef was the US, which is a large market for lean cow and bull beef from dairy cattle. In January, 16,434 tonnes were shipped to the US, 57 per cent more than last year (Beef + Lamb NZ).

Japan and Korea remain key markets for NZ beef exports, both growing relative to last year, Japan up 24 per cent, to 2,474 tonnes swt and Korea up 13 per cent, to 2,382 tonnes swt.

Japan traditionally takes a mix of manufacturing beef and both chilled and frozen boneless beef, while Korea is a market for frozen beef, both bone-in and boneless.

The big growth market for NZ beef in recent months has been China, with 2,315 tonnes swt in January, up 690 per cent year-on-year. In fact, the last three months (November-January) has seen more beef exported from NZ to China than the preceding 12 months.

Most of this product has been frozen boneless and manufacturing beef.

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