Spanish sheep production steady

Thursday, 8 July 2021

By Rebecca Wright

During the first four months of 2021 Spanish sheep meat production has totalled 38,300 tonnes, according to Eurostat data. This is an increase on the previous year, however, production last year was negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Production so far has been at similar levels to those recorded in the same period of 2019.

In the same period export volumes of fresh and frozen sheep meat have risen 37% year-on-year, to 18,400 tonnes, according to data from Agencia Tributaria. Interestingly, despite the drop in production, there was no decline in export volumes during the same period of 2020.

More lamb from Spain could have been heading towards France in part to offset the reduction of British lamb exports to the continent, which are now recovering somewhat. French farmgate prices are at a premium to Spanish prices which again may be tempting product away from the Spanish domestic market. This trade flow also indicates how competitive Spanish lamb is compared to British product in France at the moment, which is unusual for the time of year.

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Rebecca Wright

Senior Analyst - Red Meat

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