Changing of the guard on world exports of NZ sheep

How things change for New Zealand lamb farmers. In 1961 86% of lamb produce went to the UK but by 2013 that figure was only 18%. The market has developed since that day and with cheaper distribution costs and more demand from South East Asia lamb farmers have looked to closer markets. Some interesting facts:

* NZ exports sheep to 120 markets
* The regulatory issues from China was not quality but paperwork
* 140,000 tonnes of sheep meat sent from NZ this year – only 3.5% of the total sheep market
* China took all the mutton from NZ farmers this season

NZ Sheep Market 1960-2013

Source: The NZ Farmers Weekly

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