National Beef Association
For everyone with an interest in the British beef industry

Beef Statistics

Know your facts!

Number crunching:

  • There are approximately 9.6 million cattle in the UK (Statista 2018)
  • The total number of prime cattle slaughtered in 2019 was 1,487,350 (DEFRA)
  • The UK produced 6.7 million tonnes of beef and veal in 2019 (DEFRA)
  • The beef supply chain contributes approximately £2.8 billion to the UK economy

Know your consumer, know your market:

  • Total consumption in 2019 was 280.5 million tonnes (Kantar 2019)
  •  Total spend on Beef and veal products in 2019 was £2.19 billion (Kantar 2019)
  • The UK is 75% self-sufficient in Beef leaving us plenty room for producers to grow more beef for the home market
  • 81% of beef sold in the UK is under the British logo, however Aldi, Budgens, Co-op, Lidl, M&S, Morrison’s and Waitrose all use 100% British Beef. Let’s hope the rest follow the trend!
  • The UK exported 84,789 tonnes of fresh and frozen beef in 2019.  Exports are mainly to the EU.
  •  The UK imported 160,289 tonnes of beef in 2019.
Beef Export Destinations 2015. Source AHDB
Beef Export Destinations 2015. Source AHDB