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Sheep exports fell 17% year-on-year

He sheep sector The US was once again hit by an update of its export data for the first half of the year, concluding that it suffered a 17% year-on-year drop during the first half of the year, placing a total of 108.3 million dollars.

According to the updated data published by the Uruguayan Wool Secretariat (SUL), based on information provided by the National Customs Directorate (DNA), The wool sub-sector was the one that suffered the least from the fall, while sheep meat was the most affected during these first six months of the year.

In this way, 67.3% of the total obtained by the sector corresponds to wool and by-products, while the remaining 33.7% corresponds to sheep meat.

Good news for wool

Wool and its by-products suffered a 1.6% drop, accumulating a total of 72.8 million dollars in exports, being China and Italy the main recipients when measured in dollars. The first accounted for 46% of the total placed, while the second 15%.

Regarding the total volume placed by the wool sector, which includes dirty, washed and combed wool, 39% more was achieved than last year, representing a total of 20.7 million kilos.

The placing of dirty wool The volume of the exports increased by 72% to a total of 25.7 million dollars. In terms of volume, 9.2 million kilos were sold, 115% more than in the same period last year. The main buyers were China, with a 93% share, and Italy with 3%.

The washed woolfor its part, obtained a total of 11.6 million dollars, an increase of 20% year-on-year. While in terms of volume, 4.8 million kilos were placed, 88% more than last year, with the main markets being China, with 60% and India with 11%.

Finally, the worsted wool was the only one that perceived a 17% drop in volume, the main markets being Italy with 31% and Germany with 25%. Meanwhile, revenue increased by 27% to a total of $29.6 million.

Sheep meat, the most punished

While wool got good news, the meat suffered significant declines during the first half of the year compared to the same period last year.

With a total of 8.7 million kilos of frozen bone-in sheep meat exported, a 35% drop was noted, while frozen boneless meat also suffered a 37% drop.

In this regard, the first sub-category managed to place a total of 28.2 million dollars, while the second a total of 5.6 million dollars.

The main markets were Brazil with 36% of the participation and China with 22%.

Source: Ambito

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