Australian red meat exports to the US continue to surge in May, with lamb reaching record highs and beef exports hitting their highest point since December 2019, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

The US remains the largest market for lamb, beef, and goat meat.

In May, lamb exports totaled 36,703 tonnes, marking a record high for a single month, with the US leading as the primary market, followed by China and the Middle East and North Africa region.

Mutton exports grew 11% year-on-year to 21,664 tonnes, with growth seen in MENA markets. Beef exports rose 25% compared to May 2023, with strong demand from the US driving the increase.

Goat exports in May were the second highest ever, largely due to increased trade with the US and South Korea.