Growth in beef and lamb exports helps farmgate costs – Farmers

Exports of UK lamb and beef rose throughout the first 4 months of 2022, based on newest figures.

Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales) mentioned evaluation of HMRC commerce knowledge reveals that the disruptive results of the Covid-19 pandemic on worldwide commerce look like easing.

Figures for January to April 2022 reveal the amount of beef and veal exports elevated to 42,500t, up 57% towards the identical interval in 2021.

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The worth of those exports was £169.1m – up 93% on the yr due to increased farmgate costs.

Meanwhile, 24,500t of sheepmeat had been exported from the UK from January to April – an increase of 24.5%.

Increased home lamb manufacturing, coupled with lamb costs being decrease than different key lamb-producing nations, have led to exports being increased to date this yr.


Although crimson meat imports additionally elevated over the primary 4 months of the yr, it was to a lesser extent than the rise in exports.

Beef imports within the first 4 months of 2022 had been 24% increased than the identical interval final yr, with sheepmeat imports up by 19%.

The quantity of sheep meat imports continues to be considerably decrease than pre-pandemic ranges.

HCC knowledge analyst Glesni Phillips mentioned: “Imports are up considerably, with a rise in beef coming into the nation from Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany, reflecting the truth that the UK shouldn’t be self-sufficient in beef and that home manufacturing is flat.

“There can be an increase in lamb imports from Australia, however it needs to be famous that the amount of imports continues to be decrease than the long-term common, and that exports are outperforming imports, which can assist help farmgate costs within the brief time period.”