Ce­real out­put down 8pc on five-year av­er­age

Irish Independent - Farming - - FINANCE -

THIS sum­mer’s drought has led to a sig­nif­i­cant drop of to­tal EU ce­real pro­duc­tion, es­ti­mated at 8pc be­low the last five-year av­er­age, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est short-term out­look re­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

The re­port high­lights that EU to­tal ce­real pro­duc­tion for 2018 is ex­pected to be at 284.3 mt, a de­crease of 5pc com­pared to 2017/18 and of 8pc com­pared to the last five-year av­er­age.

The wheat har­vest has suf­fered the most from this sum­mer’s dry con­di­tions, lead­ing to a de­crease of 9pc com­pared to 2017.

The wheat pro­duc­tion fore­cast is set at 129 mt for 2018.

The dry and hot cli­matic con­di­tions also in­flu­enced the milk and dairy sec­tor due to the sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in grass­land growth and fod­der pro­duc­tion.

The in­crease in EU milk col­lec­tion is lower than ex­pected, with a fore­cast of 166.6 mt for 2018, lead­ing to an in­crease of 0.6pc com­pared to 2017.

Meat sec­tor

As for the meat sec­tor, beef pro­duc­tion is grow­ing more than an­tic­i­pated due to a re­duced suck­ler cow herd in most mem­ber states, and a short­age of fod­der linked with the drought, bring­ing for­ward slaugh­ter­ing.

The net beef pro­duc­tion for 2018 is fore­casted at 8 mt, 1.6pc higher than in 2017.

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