Prospects 2004-2011

by 5m Editor
3 August 2004, at 12:00am

UK - According to a European Commission report published yesterday - "Prospects for agricultural markets in the European Union 2004-2011" - pig and poultry production and consumption are expected to keep growing over the medium term, with increased trade flows between the new and old member states.


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Domestic cereals use is expanding only moderately due a less expansive livestock sector and gains in feeding efficiency in many new member states. The conditions for exports remain positive and public stocks, mainly those of barley, should only gradually expand.

The meat markets have returned to a more normal situation after the extreme market conditions due to the second BSE scare, the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001 and avian influenza in 2003.

The current situation in the beef market - where consumption is higher than domestic production - is expected to persist over the 2004-2011 period. The dairy sector is also foreseen to display a gradual improvement after the recent imbalance, with increasing cheese production and consumption and, at the same time, lower availability of butter and skimmed milk powder.

Source: National Pig Association - 3rd August 2004

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