RED meat exports have been on the increase over the past year, with beef leading the way, according to statistics released by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Total Australian red meat exports for the 12 months through June 2018 increased 13% on the same period last year, coming to a total of 1.756m tonnes shipped weight.
The lion’s share of the red meat exports for the year were beef and veal, which increased 12% over the period to 1.077m tonnes.
Lamb was another big export, with 269,867 tonnes exported over the past 12 months, an increase of 13% on the same period last year.
Mutton exports saw the biggest increase this year, with a 32% increase over last year to 161,039 tonnes exported.
“Fancy meat” exports increased 12% to 195,945 tonnes, and pork exports increased 9% to 27,076 tonnes in the 12 months through June.
The only two types of meat that saw a decrease in exports were goat and buffalo.
Goat meat exports were down 18% to 24,464 tonnes, while buffalo meat exports saw a 75% decrease over the period, although the volumes were small. Buffalo exports fell from 57 tonnes to 14 tonnes over the period.