Pink Meat Manufacturing Returning to Pre-Covid Patterns

Pink Meat Manufacturing Returning to Pre-Covid Patterns

Pink Meat Manufacturing Returning to Pre-Covid Patterns

The newest Month-to-month Market Bulletin by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) analyses manufacturing developments for lamb, beef and pork within the UK, with the newest proof displaying that the affect of the Covid pandemic on the {industry} is subsiding.

Nevertheless new exterior pressures – starting from value inflation to the recent climate – are starting to be felt on each shoppers and farmers.

In keeping with Defra figures, UK prime lamb slaughterings for every of the primary 5 months of 2022 have been greater than the earlier yr’s mark. Consequently, the overall throughput of lambs at UK abattoirs through the first half of the yr was up by 8% (or 440,700 head). It is a return to extra regular slaughter ranges seen earlier than 2020. The throughput of cull ewes and rams can be notably greater than 2021 ranges, however comparable with the long-term common for the corresponding interval.

The overall throughput of cattle at UK abattoirs stood at 1.3 million head through the first half of 2022. The primary half of 2021 did expertise document low throughput figures for cattle, so the newest knowledge suggests that provide has since recovered.

HCC’s Knowledge Analyst Glesni Phillips mentioned,

The figures for lamb and beef throughput through the first half of this yr counsel that the turbulence of the instant post-Brexit and Covid durations has subsided, and we’re again to extra regular patterns of manufacturing as seen earlier than 2020.

Nevertheless, there are indicators that completely different exterior elements are starting to have an effect.

Retail knowledge is starting to counsel recessionary shopping for patterns on the a part of hard-pressed shoppers, with some shifting to cheaper cuts and cheaper proteins. This shall be a priority for the {industry} when it comes to carcase stability.

Additionally, excessive enter prices are having an adversarial impact on farm stability sheets. The mixed affect of the dry climate and excessive feed costs could restrict the numbers of lambs prepared for market over the subsequent few weeks, whereas the excessive degree of slaughterings within the pig sector – 8% greater than the 5-year common – counsel that some producers are decreasing inventory ranges as a result of excessive prices.

HCC’s Market Bulletin for July additionally accommodates the newest information on market value developments for farmers and processors, and is out there at

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