May 14, 2010
Kuwait is looking for new sources for imports of sheep to make up for the shortage of imports from Australia, the country's main longtime supplier.
Livestock Transport and Trading Co. recently visited Uruguay to examine the prospect of importing sheep from there. Another team is due to visit Mongolia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Arrangements are also being made to discuss with South Africa and neighboring countries, namely Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana, to import sheep, as these countries have a surplus of livestock.
The world sheep market has seen a drastic drop of supplies due to climatic conditions, desertification and drought. These extraordinary conditions have damaged large amounts of agricultural land in Australia, China, Argentina and India. These conditions negatively affected livestock supplies and resulted in a hike in the prices of mutton. Regional exporters of sheep including Syria, Iran and Turkey, in light of these conditions, have abstained from exporting sheep, thus aggravating the problem.
Reprinted in part from meatinternational.com