UK sheep marketing chain

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

UK lamb and mutton balance sheet

Balance sheet201820192020
Production 289.0 307.5 296.1
Fresh/frozen imports* 90.8 73.9 67.0
Processed imports* 1.3 2.1 2.5
Total imports* 92.1 76.0 69.5
Exports* 87.4 98.6 91.9
Total consumption 293.7 284.8 273.7
Self sufficiency (%)** 98.4 108.0 108.2

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

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



Product flows in the UK sheep marketing chain, 2020

Flow chart for sheep marketing chain

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

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