The US Department of Agriculture has produced its forecast report on the evolution of the meat sector in the EU during 2020 and 2021. In the case of beef, the Central European herd is expected to increase slightly as beneficiary continuous financial support for the sector. Overall EU beef production will continue to decline, according to the US Department, because of some of the EU’s policy proposals such as the Green Deal, the farm-to-table strategy and the biodiversity strategy. All this means that the production of beef in the EU does not increase in the short term.
As local demand has stagnated, the sector is increasingly looking for export opportunities. However, the shortage of high-quality beef in the EU is projected to return once the foodservice sector returns to pre-COVID-19 commercial levels.
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