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.