EU livestock exports increased during H1 2018
In the first half of the year, EU's bovine exports were 11% higher than a year ago, with Turkey absorbing almost one-third of the cattle exports. Nevertheless, the country's livestock imports are expected to decrease in the second half of 2018 and at the start of 2019 due to macroeconomic situation in Turkey, according to a recent outlook released by the European Commission.
Libya, Lebanon and Israel remained traditional markets for European exporters and recently Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia increased their imports.
Meanwhile, according to the May-June 2018 livestock survey, the total cow herd in EU's key beef producing countries was 0.6% smaller than a year before. Spain, Sweden, Netherlands and Italy are the only countries that continued to expand their herds.
The EU net beef production is expected to increase by 1.6% this year and to stagnate in 2019, low prices discouraging producers to expand their business. Downward pressure on prices is to be expected in the near future due to ample domestic and world supply and higher EU imports.
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