The latest TNS data shows an increase in fresh and frozen meat consumption in GB, the main market for Northern Ireland beef and lamb.
"For the year up to 26 February 2006, total GB fresh and frozen meat consumption was worth £2.8 billion. Beef accounted for £1,486 million, up two per cent; lamb accounted for £556 million, which is also an increase of two per cent and pork spending increased by one per cent totalling £679 million," said Jelmer Hania Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) economist.
"For the whole year, 88 per cent of households bought beef, 63 per cent bought lamb and 78 per cent bought pork, which is good news for the Northern Ireland red meat industry, " she added. In volume terms 573,416 tonnes of fresh and frozen meat was sold. Beef accounted for 52 per cent (up two per cent), lamb accounted for 17 per cent (up five per cent) and pork account for 28 per cent, which is an increase of three per cent.
Certain meat cuts performed better than others; in volume terms, lamb mince increased 16 per cent and leg roasting joints increased five per cent.
Beef mince volumes increased four per cent and beef frying and grilling cuts were up two per cent. In value sales, most meat sectors increased, however frozen ready meals were 10 per cent down and burgers and grill cuts were also down by six per cent.