Full-year figures for UK exports of lamb and mutton in 2009 show an increase of 19 per cent against 2008 to nearly £312m, according to new figures.
Volumes also increased, up nine per cent to 94,500 tonnes, and sheep meat was exported to 32 destinations. For the same period, beef exports were also up, rising 2.4 per cent to 83,300 tonnes, latest statistics from AHDB Market Intelligence show.
Jean-Pierre Garnier, Export Manager for EBLEX, said: "2009 exports of sheep meat show a significant growth both in volumes and a percentage of production, which is good news for English sheep producers.
"Nearly 30 per cent of British lamb is now exported. It is heartening to see growth in all our major European export markets, namely France, Belgium, Germany and Italy, but third country exports are rising too.
"The low level of Sterling helped maintain high farmgate prices and rewarded sheep farmers. However, prices were also pulled by strong overseas demand for high quality lamb and EBLEX investment in export trade development is showing clear dividends.
"On the beef front, export growth has also been driven by the growth in demand for premium beef in countries like Italy and France.
"EBLEX has ambitious export trade development plans for 2010 to help maintain this momentum."
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