The latest meat export figures from Beef and Lamb New Zealand confirm the outstanding season the beef trade has been having so far.
Beef export returns for the first six months of the season, which began in October, reached a record of $1.6 billion, more than 40 percent above the previous year.
Shipments were up by 12 percent, mainly from increased exports to the two main markets, the US and China.
The value of lamb exports also rose a little, despite less lamb being shipped.
But mutton exports, both in value and volume, were down by 18 percent on a year ago.