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Australia sees beef exports to China soar

By Carina Perkins , 15-Nov-2012
Last updated on 15-Nov-2012 at 17:58 GMT2012-11-15T17:58:09Z

Australia’s red meat exports to China saw huge increases last month, with record volumes for both beef and sheepmeat.

According to data from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), beef exports to China hit 7,524 tonnes in October, a 600% year-on-year increase, putting China in eighth place in terms of the biggest destinations for Australian beef. Most of this was manufacturing beef, although brisket and silverside shipments also saw increases.

Lamb shipments in October were up 69% year-on-year, while mutton exports also reached a record high at 2,889 tonnes. Although breast and flap meat remained the most popular cuts, DAFF said there was a strong increase in demand for shoulder cuts.