Beef finally flows to South Africa

by Editor
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Exports of Australian beef have started to flow to the South African market after bans were placed on red meat products from Brazil (October 2005) and Argentina (January 2006), following outbreaks of foot and mouth (FMD) in these countries.

Exports of Australian beef during April totalled 332 tonnes sw after only 55 tonnes sw were shipped during the first quarter. The main items exported include outsides, outside flat and forequarter meat.

A large backlog of Brazilian and Argentinean product exported prior to the bans, combined with high prices for Australian beef, hindered demand for Australian product during the first quarter.

In 2005, South Africa imported 21,834 tonnes sw of beef and 7,335 of beef offal, almost entirely from Brazil and Argentina. The majority of these imports were manufacturing products for further value adding in South Africa.