Irish CSO Reports
20 July 2012
Meat Supply Balance 2011
|Slaughterings||Exports||Exports as a percentage of slaughterings|
|‘000 tonnes||‘000 tonnes|
|Beef and veal||546||509||93.2%|
Beef and Veal Production Decreases by 2.2% in 2011
Production of beef and veal decreased to 546,000 tonnes in 2011 from 558,000
tonnes in 2010, a decrease of 2.2%. In 2011, exports of beef and veal accounted for
93.2% of slaughterings, compared to 93.0% in 2010. See Table 1.
Comparisons with 2010 show that in 2011 (see Table 1):
- Pig meat slaughterings increased by 9.3% or 20,000 tonnes.
- Poultry meat slaughterings increased by 4.0% or 5,000 tonnes.
- Other meat slaughterings increased by 18.2% or 2,000 tonnes.
- Sheep meat slaughterings remained the same at 48,000 tonnes.
Table 2 gives comparable figures for human consumption of different meats for the European Union Member States for 2008 and 2009. Figures 3-5 compare human consumption of different meats for the European Union Member States for 2009.
Slaughterings in Ireland
Figure 1 shows slaughterings for Cattle (Beef and veal), Pigs, Sheep and Poultry over the period 2001 – 2011. Slaughterings of Cattle account for 56% of total carcass weight slaughter in 2011.
Figure 1 Slaughterings in Ireland ('000 tonnes)
Meat consumption in Ireland
Figure 2 shows consumption of Beef and veal, Pig, Sheep and Poultry meat over the period 2001 – 2011. There was a noticeable decline in Pig meat consumption for 2008, which coincided with the pork dioxin crisis.
Figure 2 Meat Consumption Per Capita in Ireland (Kg)
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