3 November 1995

British meat is worth £1300m

THE value of British livestock, meat and meat products could reach £1300m this year. This was predicted by Meat and Livestock Commission chairman Don Curry at MLCs Livestock Awards earlier this week.

In equivalent terms, he said each livestock farm in this country receives over £7000 worth of export value.

At home each household is spending £640 a year on meat. Last year British consumers spent about £14m on meat and meat products in supermarkets, retail butchers, restaurants, pubs, take-aways and sandwich bars.

There are 650,000 people directly employed in the meat and livestock industry. "This compares with just over 100,000 people employed by British Rail and 846,000 in the British motor industry," he said.