UK cattle marketing chain

04 November 2021
This diagram outlines the size and value of the UK cattle marketing chain

UK beef and veal balance sheet

Balance sheet201820192020
Production 898.4 914.5 932.1
Fresh/frozen imports* 361.9 314.6 308.9
Processed imports* 91.8 67.1 68.0
Total imports* 453.7 381.7 376.9
Exports* 147.1 174.3 152.7
Total consumption 1,205.0 1,121.9 1,156.2
Self sufficiency (%)** 74.6 81.5 80.6

Total supplies of meat available for consumption. All weights are carcase weight equivalent.

Source: AHDB, Defra, HMRC, IHS Maritime and Trade Global Trade Atlas ®

UK beef and veal marketing chain, 2020

Additional information

*Further publication of the trade data is prohibited, unless expressly permitted by HIS Maritime & Trade - Global Trade Atlas®

**Self-sufficiency is based upon production as a percentage of consumption

***Liveweight and deadweight split excludes calves and are estimated using GB data

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