A pocket-sized booklet full of facts, figures and trends for the Welsh lamb, beef and pork industries has been released.
The latest statistical guide to Wales’ red meat industry has been launched by industry levy body Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).
The ‘Little Book of Meat Facts’ is an annual publication produced for anyone with an interest in the sector, covering the financial year from April 2020 to March 2021
The data provided covers everything from the size of agricultural holdings and market trends to trade data and consumer habits during this time period.
It follows an extraordinary year as a result of Brexit and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The guide shows that, despite all the disruptions and changes during 2020/2021, the industry remains key to the economy in Wales.
HCC’s data analyst, Glesni Phillips said: “We usually launch the Little Book of Meat Facts earlier in the year, but Covid restrictions meant that statistics weren’t readily available until later than usual.
“However, the end product contains all the usual information, from general statistics which provide an overview of Welsh agriculture, followed by specific sections on cattle, sheep and pigs.”
She added: “Here in Wales, it is the backbone of rural communities. Large numbers are employed in the sector and the contribution of red meat production to the economy is significant.”
by Farming UK