AUSTRALIA’S export lamb shipments this year are likely to surpass the record volume of 2017, Meat & Livestock Australia general manager – international business, Michael Finucan, said today.
“The 2018 outlook for sheep meat exports remains positive, underpinned by import demand growth in China and subdued competition from New Zealand.
“For the first four months of 2018, Australian sheep meat exports grew 11pc year-on-year on the back of higher lamb and mutton production,” Mr Finucan said.
Australia last year exported its highest volume of lambs since 2014 — 251,000 tonnes – and mutton exports of 147,000 tonnes were the highest for two years.
“The upward revision of the annual lamb and sheep slaughter outlook will flow onto exports with lamb shipments likely to surpass 2017’s record-breaking year and mutton exports to reach a three-year high.
“Looking at market access, the signing of the long-awaited Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in March also creates new export opportunities for the industry that MLA is focused on capturing,” he said.
“In the EU, negotiations on an Australia-EU FTA will start soon and provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Australia to improve market access.”
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Consumer and market trends influencing demand for Australian sheep meat globally will be among the insights discussed when Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2018 Global Markets Forum at LambEx 2018 in Perth on August 8.
Mr Finucan said the forum was an opportunity to get the very latest insights at a time when strong international demand is helping to support prices in the face of ongoing dry conditions in many sheep production regions of Australia.
The forum will be delivered as a breakfast event on Wednesday, August 8, from 7-9.30am and will feature presentations by MLA’s international business managers from Australia’s key sheep meat export markets. It will be held in Meeting Room 1 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Global Market Forum program includes:
Michael Finucan, general manager – International Business, MLA
Scott Tolmie, manager of market intelligence, MLA
Josh Anderson, international business manager – Europe & Russia, MLA
Nick Meara, international business manager – Middle East & North Africa, MLA
Rob Williams, international business manager – North America, MLA
Lisa Sharp – chief marketing and communications Officer, MLA
Panel discussion and Q&A
Ms Sharp, will also present a session, Meating the Market, as part of session 2 on Day 1 of LambEx.
As a major Lambex sponsor MLA will also have a trade site and is supporting post conference tours. Producers and industry stakeholders will have the opportunity to speak with MLA management and board members who will be attending LambEx.
The MLA 2018 Global Markets Forum – Sheep meat, is free; however, venue numbers are strictly limited and registration is essential. To register, click here.
For more information about the full LambEx program including MLA’s key events, please visit https://lambex.com.au/