In 2020, with a cattle herd of more than 76 million animals, EU beef farmers produced 6.8 million tonnes of bovine meat (beef and veal carcasses), 1.2 % less than the previous year. Three Member States alone produce half of the EU’s beef: France (21.2 %), Germany (17.8 %) and Italy (11.1%). EU beef production is expected to continue falling in 2022, after the 0.3 % decrease already seen in 2021. The decline has been caused predominantly by adjustments in the beef and dairy sectors (mainly in Ireland, Germany, France and Belgium), and despite the rise in production seen in Spain and Italy.
EU production of bovine meat in 2018-2020 (thousand tonnes)
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