Farm Ireland

Monday 18 December 2017

Consumption of sheep meat falls in Britain

Consumption of sheep meat in Britain fell by 20pc in the 12-week period up to the end of October, and is down by 13pc for the first 10 months of the year as a whole, according to Bord Bia.

The fall-off has been attributed to higher sheep meat prices and a fall-off in imports of cheap New Zealand lamb. Retail sheep meat prices have increased 15pc compared to last year, while imports of New Zealand lamb into Britain in the period from January to September were back 16pc on 2010 levels.

Meanwhile, New Zealand is unlikely to fill its export quota to the EU next year, despite its lamb crop increasing by 6.8pc. Growing markets in Asia are set to take a bigger proportion of exports.

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