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Beef and veal

Beef and veal

Beef and veal belong to the products covered by the Single Common Market Organisation which provides market instruments to stabilize the sector when needed.

With a herd of around 86 million heads in 2011 and a total yearly production of about 7,9 million tonnes of beef, in 2011 the EU had a self sufficiency of a little more than 100% and closed the year with a positive balance sheet.

France, Germany, Italy and UK are the main producing Member States. These four Member States represent together slightly more than 56% of the EU total production.