U.S. lamb exports slipped 29 percent in volume and 13 percent in value for the year, according to data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
USMEF said 2012 was a challenging year for the global lamb industry, not just in the United States. However, a bright spot for the year was exports to Mexico and Canada, the two top markets, who recorded increases in value.
Another good sign for the industry includes the possibility of gaining market access to Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Korea and the European Union, USMEF said. These key markets are critical to the lamb industry because a resumption of trade could present promising opportunities for U.S. lamb, especially in the foodservice sector.
Reprinted in part from www.meatpoultry.com