US developing an appetite US demand for lamb looks increasingly likely to shift the world sheepmeat market balance. New Zealand industry leader Jeff Grant's remarks to UK buyers and competitors when he visited London on Turesday included a prediction that the US might soon overtake Germany as his second biggest customer. At the moment Germany and the US each yield New Zealand about £60m sheepmeat sales revenue annually, but Grant said the Americans "could surpass" the Germans shortly following settlement of a trade dispute with Washington. Heavier shipments into the underexploited US market would not directly erode the New Zealanders' position in Britain, because this country will remain by far the largest buyer for the foreseeable future. However Grant and his colleagues among the exporting processors in New Zealand hint they might feel able to negotiate harder against London customers as the alternative outlet develops. {{MEAT }}