UK Beef Imports Increase One Per Cent in 2007

UK - The volume of UK fresh/frozen beef imports increased by one per cent in 2007 to 238,300 tonnes. According to a Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) bulletin, however, the value of imports decreased by over two per cent to £604 million due to a small fall in prices.
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Imports of processed beef in 2007 decreased by 14 per cent to 69,000 tonnes, while corned beef imports grew 15 per cent to 50,800 tonnes.

EU imports rise 3%, South American fall 6%

There was little change to fresh/frozen beef imports from ROI in 2007 at almost 146,000 tonnes, but processed imports dropped by a quarter to 49,100 tonnes. Ireland was the major supplier of fresh/frozen and processed beef to the UK with a combined 61 per cent share in those markets. Imports from the Netherlands and Germany increased by 19 and 17 per cent respectively.

Imports of fresh/frozen beef from Brazil dropped by 10 per cent, but imports of processed beef grew by 15 per cent to 17,400 tonnes and corned beef imports increased by 16 per cent to 41,200 tonnes. While imports from Uruguay rose 22 per cent to 9,300 tonnes, they decreased from Argentina by almost one third to 3,450 tonnes. Imports from South America decreased by six per cent to 38,600 tonnes.

UK Beef Fresh/Frozen Imports (tonnes)
Jan-Dec 2005
Jan- Dec 2006
Jan-Dec 2007
% change 2007-2006
Jan/Dec Import Share
Fresh & Frozen 239,895 235,721 238,315 +1 -
from EU-27 176,424 180,179 184,829 +3 78%
from non EU-27 63,471 55,542 53,486 -4 22%
Main source
ROI 136,540 144,988 145,944 +1 61%
Brazil 32,236 28,604 25,871 -10 11%
Increasing 06 to 07
The Netherlands 12,672 12,892 15,313 +19 6%
Germany 9,205 11,025 12,898 +17 5%
Uruguay 6,991 7,614 9,268 +22 4%
Namibia 5,862 3,524 4,823 +37 2%
Botswana 3,461 2,380 3,897 +64 2%
Decreasing 06 to 07
Australia 4,681 6,214 3,955 -36 2%
Argentina 9,084 5,015 3,453 -31 1%

UK Beef Exports Grow 44 Per Cent in 2007

UK beef exports increased by 44 per cent in 2007 to 58,700 tonnes and the value of exports grew by 34 per cent to £124 million. The Netherlands accounted for a third of exports at almost 20,000 tonnes, while exports to ROI doubled to 18,500 tonnes. The French market expanded by 54 per cent to 8,400 tonnes. In 2006 exports from NI accounted for 28 per cent of the UK trade and this figure is expected to grow in 2007, due to the export bans in GB in the second half of the year.

Buletongue "Import" Restrictions Extended

The NI Executive has agreed to extend the import controls in relation to Bluetongue Disease, which came into effect on Saturday 1 March, until Thursday 13 March. Imports of female cattle over 12 months and female sheep over 6 months from Bluetongue restricted zones are suspended as a temporary and precautionary measure following the case of Bluetongue in animals imported to a North Antrim farm. This case indicated that Bluetongue Disease can be transmitted from cows to calves.

The meeting of the EU Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health this week amended the Bluetongue Regulation to strengthen movement controls, for pregnant animals from Bluetongue restricted zones and these amendments should come into effect in the near future. DARD is reviewing these amendments before deciding on its next course of action. To allow time for this review the current imports controls have been extended.

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