June 2, 2011


UK beef output gains from higher export demand



UK red meat output was substantially more in April than last year, with cattle, sheep and pig slaughtering increasing.


Prime cattle slaughtering and production both increased by 1% whereas both pig slaughtering and pork production increased by 4% on year.


Increased availability is helping to boost beef exports, with fresh and frozen shipments totalling 12,000 tonnes in March, an increase of 50% on year. "The three main markets for UK beef, namely The Netherlands, Ireland and France, all increased shipment volumes during the month by 61%, 34% and 85% respectively," said the AHDB Meat Services UK Market Survey.


"Shortages in some markets have strengthened the demand for UK beef. In the first quarter of this year volumes to most existing markets are higher, notably there has been a 44% increase in shipments to The Netherlands."


Imports in March fell by 7% to 19,000 tonnes, with the first quarter of 2011 showing a 6% fall overall to 53,000 tonnes. "This is generally the result of lower supplies in those markets exporting product to the UK and increased production in the domestic market."

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