At the same time, New Zealand sheepmeat
production is expected to fall - but there could still be increased EU imports to offset losses in the Chinese market.
Specific focus continues to be on improving the image of lamb to younger consumers, increasing the use of sheepmeat
in the food service sector and encouraging the industry to supply a wider range of new products.
(including lamb and mutton) exports fell $31 million (12 percent).
He also pointed out that the weakness of sterling and a lack of interest from New Zealand in the European market has helped the UK increase exports of sheepmeat
to Europe in the past quarter, resulting in strong growth to Germany, and increased deliveries to France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
EU negotiators are also expected to offer the Mercosur countries lower tariff rates for poultry, sugar, ethanol, eggs, pork and sheepmeat
The organisation has high hopes for the Japanese market, stating that in 2015 it produced only 200 tonnes of sheepmeat
but imported more than 30,000 tonnes; Japan produced 480,000 tonnes of beef and bought in more than 700,000 tonnes.
Consumer prices up 0.5% in December compared to November 2018 In December 2018, the consumer price index rose by 0.5% compared to November 2018, mainly due to the 0.5% rise in prices in the food and beverages group, following the 1.8% rise in prices for sheepmeat
, 1.2% for eggs and 0.9% for chocolate and cakes.
He said: "Sheep do have to be slaughtered eventually to ensure that upland farmers and sheep farmers more broadly can get a fair price for the sheepmeat
He said: Sheep do have to be slaughtered eventually to ensure that upland farmers and sheep farmers more broadly can get a fair price for the sheepmeat
is another example and of far greater economic importance to our export earnings.
In the end, Regulation 1169/2011, which will enter into force on 13 December 2014, extends origin labelling to fresh pigmeat, sheepmeat
, goatmeat and poultry and to products that may cause consumers to make a mistake (arrangements still have to be determined in an implementing regulation, but member states currently seem to be leaning towards indication of the country of breeding and slaughter).
To express their distress with the cull method, the Australian Livestock Exporters Council, the National Farmers Federation, the Sheepmeat
Council and the Cattle Council wrote a letter to MPs to make known their disgust with what happened.