Wales welcomes news of reduced NZ lamb exports

By Oli Haenlein contact

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The HCC is hopeful tighter supply in Australasia will be beneficial for Welsh lamb
The HCC is hopeful tighter supply in Australasia will be beneficial for Welsh lamb

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Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has welcomed the news that the quantity of New Zealand lamb available for export in 2015 is expected to be down.

Charlotte Morris, HCC’s industry information officer, said: "Coupled with an expected decline in Australian lamb production, the global supply of lamb for the 2015 season is likely to remain tight, which potentially will support the lamb market within Wales and across the rest of the UK."

Beef + Lamb New Zealand figures show that the estimated lamb crop is expected to increase by 1.2% to 25.8 million head, however fewer lamb for export are anticipated. Morris explained: "The reason for the expected decline in exports, despite the higher numbers, is that there could be increased ewe lamb retention as producers look to rebuild their flocks following last year’s drought."

HCC said lamb exports are expected to be reduced by 2% to 19.95 million head for the 2014/15 season, a decline of 350,000 head compared to 2013/14 exports.

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