How much beef is Ireland actually producing?


"With imports removed between the years 1992 and 2017, the increase in beef production was 26000 tons or just 4.6%!" - Beef Plan Group

How much beef is Ireland actually producing?

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"With imports removed between the years 1992 and 2017, the increase in beef production was 26000 tons or just 4.6%!" - Beef Plan Group

The weekly beef kill figures - released by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - do not paint a "true picture" of how much beef is produced in Ireland - that's according to Beef Plan (2018-2025).

"To get a true picture, we need to look at the tonnage of beef produced." A statement released by Beef Plan Group outlined.

"We are constantly being told that the poor prices farmers are receiving from processors are due to us producing "too much beef". This statement is backed up by the weekly beef kill figures." Beef Plan (2018-2025) outlined.

The group maintains that carcass sizes have gotten smaller and smaller over the years due to the Quality Assurance grid ensuring animals are killed "in-spec" - slaughtered younger with smaller carcasses and also due to the increase in the dairy herd which “naturally have smaller carcasses”.

Data

The group has obtained the below data relating through the CSO.

Tonnage of beef produced 1992-2017:

  • 1992 : 546,000;
  • 1993 : 506,000;
  • 1994 : 444,000;
  • 1995 : 477,000;
  • 1996 : 535,000;
  • 1997 : 563,000;
  • 1998 : 591,000;
  • 1999 : 641,000;
  • 2000 : 576,000;
  • 2001 : 579,000;
  • 2002 : 540,000;
  • 2003 : 567,000;
  • 2004 : 562,000;
  • 2005 : 545,000;
  • 2006 : 571,000;
  • 2007 : 580,000;
  • 2008 : 536,000;
  • 2009 : 513,000;
  • 2010 : 558,000;
  • 2011 : 546,000;
  • 2012 : 495,000 ;
  • 2013 : 518,000;
  • 2014 : 582,000;
  • 2015 : 564,000;
  • 2016 : 588,000;
  • 2017 : 617,000.

"Getting hammered on price by beef processors"

The group said that the increase in beef production from 1992 to 2017 is only 71,000 tons(13%), despite all of the farm efficiency improvements.

"This is; however, not the final figure as we also need to add beef imports into the equation which according to the Minister recently is beef that is imported; processed and then re-exported, so let’s subtract the beef imports."

“In 2017, we imported 41,000 tons of beef and in 1992 we imported 15,000 tons. With the imports removed between the years 1992 and 2017, the increase in beef production was 26000 tons or just 4.6%!"

"Does that really justify the farmer getting hammered on price by the beef processors?" The statement concluded.

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