Offal exports on the rise despite lower production

Strong demand for sheep offal has helped push the value of exports up to the £3.5m, despite lower production, Eblex has reported.

UK exports of sheepmeat offal rose by a third to 2,900 tonnes (t) in the first nine months of 2011, even though domestic production fell by 5% during the same period as a result of 6% fewer sheep being slaughtered. Eblex also said the average unit value of sheepmeat offal has increased significantly over the year to date, up by 9% to more than £1,200/t.
AHDB and Eblex market specialist Paul Heyhoe said: “With considerable growth in volumes and the stronger prices being received, the overall value of sheep meat offal exports has risen by 44% on the year to total £3.5m.
“As such, offal exports are providing a welcome boost at a time when lower domestic sheep meat production is limiting lamb export volumes.”