Beef and lamb at a glance

April 2024

This webpage provides a snapshot of key information relating to the beef and lamb market.

A summary of the beef and lamb market in 2023

  • GB deadweight lamb prices in 2023 increased year-on-year, with the annual average SQQ (Standard Quality Quotation) up 1.9% at 578.1p/kg
  • The annual average GB deadweight prime cattle price in 2023 was up 10.2% on the previous year at 476p/kg
  • GB deadweight cull cow prices in 2023 were up 3.2% year-on-year at 344.2p/kg
  • Average annual deadweight R3 steer prices in Northern Ireland and Ireland were up on 2022 by 9.8% and 6.2%, respectively. French lamb prices were up 5.5% on 2022
  • GB retail sales on primary and processed beef and lamb in 2023 were £3.17bn and £0.62bn, respectively
  • UK slaughterings of prime cattle and cows were both down compared to 2022, while clean sheep slaughterings were up on the previous year
  • Sheep meat and beef and veal production in 2023 stood at 286,000 t and 900,600 t, respectively, both decreases on 2022
  • UK self-sufficiency for beef and veal increased year-on-year to 81.8% in 2022. In contrast, sheep meat self-sufficiency fell to 103.9%
  • UK exports of beef and veal and sheep meat stood at 103,646 t and 84,514 t in 2023, respectively
  • UK exports of beef and veal and sheep meat in 2023 are dominated by the EU, accounting for 88% of beef and veal and 94% of sheep meat shipments

 Beef and lamb market in 2023: the infographics

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