Exports of sheepmeat from the UK for the month of April were back 18% (1,100t) from the same period in 2020.
The AHDB said that the decrease seen in exports is likely due to a number of factors, which include: high Great Britain (GB) lamb prices that are reducing competitiveness in the EU, as well as a lower European foodservice demand, in light of Covid-19.
Tight supplies of lambs available for export were also a factor, as well as continued and increased trade friction with the EU, the AHDB added.
Overall, the decrease was due to a decline in exports to the EU – to 4,600t.
The AHDB said that during the first four months of this year, 17,200t of sheepmeat have gone from the UK to the EU.
That is a substantial drop of 25% (or -5,600t) compared to the same period last year.
Charlie Reeve of the AHDB said that the high sheep prices in GB – which has seen them close the gap on French prices – will limit some of the export demand from the continent, as GB prices are less competitive at present.