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Global trade remained challenging for global exports in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to create supply chain and logistical issues. Lower production also compounded the impact on Australian exports as herd rebuilding continued.

However, increased prices across international markets kept export volumes high relative to production. As a result, exports represented 72% of total red meat production over the year. In total, Australia exported 1.45 million tonnes of red meat, a 10.4% decline from 2020 levels.

A review of Australia’s red meat exports during 2021 (