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Official figures counter claim of foreign meat surge

31 December 1998
Official figures counter claim of foreign meat surge

Recently-published figures from the Ministry of Agriculture show the UK meat and livestock industry increased its share of the home market and improved its export performance this year …more…



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Official figures counter claim of foreign meat surge

31 December 1998
Official figures counter claim of foreign meat surge

The Herald reports that recently-published figures from the Ministry of Agriculture show the UK meat and livestock industry increased its share of the home market and improved its export performance this year.

The Herald reports that from estimates of abattoir throughputs, the home production of beef, sheepmeat, pork bacon and poultry climbed from 91% to 92% of total domestic consumption in the period between January and September this year, compared with the same nine months of 1997.

This was the same as in 1994, and much better than at the beginning of the decade, when net imports accounted for 11% of the market.

Beef imports were much lower in January-September than in the previous corresponding period – 131,000 tonnes against 177,000 tonnes. There was just a 3,000 tonne increase in pork imports to 134,000 tonnes.

But pork exports jumped from 163,000 tonnes to 200,000 tonnes.

The lamb trade appears also to have been operating contrary to received wisdom. Total exports in the first nine months of this year held steady at 98,000 tonnes – the same as last year. Imports over the same period were reduced from 119,000 to 113,000 tonnes.

The government statistical service reports higher UK poultry output this year but stable exports and significantly lower imports.

  • The Herald 31/12/98 page 25

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