Spanish lamb exports up, despite lower production


A decline in domestic consumption was offset by increased exports to the EU.

Posted on Feb 06 ,12:27

Spanish lamb exports up, despite lower production

In the first 10 months of 2019, Spain has reduced production of lamb by 3%, sheep and goat meat but managed to increase the volumes exported by 6%. A drop of 6% in domestic consumption has left larger volumes of meat available to buyers from several European countries. A decline in French imports of Spanish lamb was offset by larger volumes of fresh and frozen meat shipped to Italy. However, more than half of the exports were carcasses, a situation that reflects that no significant added value to these products.
Helping to drive the increase in exports, Spanish lamb retail sales were down around 6% year-on-year during the first 10 months of the year. This is likely to have increased the volume of product available for export despite production decreasing. During the first 11 months of 2019, production is back almost 3,000 tonnes, to 103,000 tonnes cwe, according to Eurostat data.

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