Meat and Livestock Australia said lamb shipments dropped 8pc on last year, to 4927 tonnes.
Most of the drop in lamb exports was accounted for by fewer light carcases being flown to Bahrain and Qatar, largely as a result of Ramadan having finished and general demand starting to ease, MLA said.
In addition, the lamb carcase trade last year was relatively high in historic terms. Lamb leg exports were slightly higher than last year, with small volumes destined for Egypt, which took none last year.
Most of the increase in the mutton trade was in leg exports to Saudi Arabia (which increased from 146 to 693 tonnes and the UAE, MLA said. Mutton carcase exports declined relative to last year — down 80 tonnes to 1567 tonnes — but not to the same extent as lamb.