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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Meat Supply Balance

2018

SupplyExportsDomestic uses
'000 tonnes (carcass weight equivalent)
20161,367948419
20171,4231,011412
20181,4621,024438

The supply of meat increased by 2.7% in 2018

Meat Supply Balance 2018 Figure 1
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The 2018 supply of meat in Ireland is estimated at 1.462 billion tonnes, an increase of almost 39 thousand tonnes (+2.7%) on 2017.

Livestock slaughterings increased by 20.5 thousand tonnes (+1.8%) to 1.151 billion tonnes. Imports also rose in 2018, from 292 thousand tonnes in 2017 to 311 thousand tonnes, an increase of 6.3%. Meat exports increased by over 13 thousand tonnes (1.3%), up from 1.011 billion tonnes in 2017 to 1.024 billion tonnes in 2018.

Of the total available supply of meat, exports accounted for 1.024 billion tonnes (70.1%) while the remaining 0.438 billion tonnes were consumed domestically. GIP increased by 1.9%, from 1.183 billion tonnes to 1.205 billion tonnes.

Self-sufficiency in meat fell from 287% in 2017 to 275% in 2018.