The value of sheep meat produced in the UK topped £1.14 billion with beef totalling £2.695 billion last year, while exports of both were well up on 2010 levels, according to the new UK Yearbook 2012 for sheep and cattle.
The revamped yearbook, produced by EBLEX and AHDB Market Intelligence, pulls together a wealth of statistics to provide farmers, auction markets, processors, retailers and other interested stakeholders, with an accurate picture of beef and sheep meat production in this country.
It combines two separate publications previously produced each year by EBLEX – A Pocketful of Meat Facts and the old version of the Yearbook.
As well as production levels and exports, it includes data on livestock numbers, slaughterings, consumption, livestock and meat prices, abattoirs, auction markets and carcase classification.
“We have been publishing both the UK Yearbook and Pocketful for a number of years and they have become a much-used reference resource for the domestic industry,” said James Pownall, Data and Analysis Manager for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, of which EBLEX is the beef and sheep division.
“As part of our business planning process, we reviewed both publications and, as there was some crossover, decided to change the format and merge the two together so all the facts and figures are in one place. The idea is to ensure that all those in the industry are armed with as much information as possible to help them make business decisions.
“We hope it will prove to be just as useful to industry as the old publications and would welcome feedback on the new format.”
The book is available free of charge on request, subject to availability. To request a copy, email redmeatMI@ahdb.org.uk or call 024 7647 8850. Also, for the first time, the publication is being made available on the EBLEX website in two pdf files, one for sheep and one for cattle. You can find them in the MI publications section.
A yearbook is also available for the pig sector.
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