Australia: Live sheep exports slide as countries find other trade partners

Published Jun 20, 2023

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Live sheep exports experienced a boost in May as exporters prepared for the annual summer moratorium.

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Total sheep exports from Australia in May came in at 95,820 head, a seven per cent increase from April volumes, according to figures from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Although export levels remain 26pc below the five-year average pattern for May, they are well above May 2022 level, when 54,719 head were shipped to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. This year May exports by sea were split between five Middle Eastern countries with the lead-up to major festival Eid al-Adha, which involves the ritual sacrifice of sheep, cattle, goats and camels likely giving numbers a bit of a bump. Kuwait took 34,988 sheep from Australia in May, which is 39pc below the five-year average for May and 23pc down on April volumes. Israel and the United Arab Emirates each took 20,000 head of sheep during the month, while 18,895 head went to Jordan, 176pc increase from April volumes. Demand grew significantly in Oman, with 18,446 head shipped for an increase of 163pc ...
Source: Farmweekly
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