Imports lower from New Zealand/Holland Pressure on the lamb and pigmeat markets has been reduced by lower imports of the former from New Zealand and the latter from Holland. After four years of sustained growth, imports of fresh, chilled and frozen pork into the UK fell in the first half of the year, down from 121,900 tonnes to 113,300 tonnes. Foot and mouth in the Netherlands played a major role in this reversal although, in spite of the favourable exchange rate, UK prices have generally been less attractive to Dutch exporters. Denmark, which has escaped foot and mouth, has been able to take advantage of the Dutch weakness and increased its share of the UK pork market, upping its exports to this country from 42,400 tonnes to 49,400 tonnes. Lamb imports also slowed in the first half ­ down from 58,800 tonnes to 55,400 tonnes with New Zealand supplying about 80%. Again, lower prices and increased home supplies have taken the sheen off this market. Irish beef exports to this market have again risen ­ up from 78,400 tonnes to 88,500 tonnes ­ but the main source of the increase in this area has come from southern African countries. {{M/E MEAT }}

Topics