The combined value of meat and livestock exports increased by 8% or almost €245m to reach over €3.3 billion and this equates to around one third of total food and drink exports. A combination of stronger prices in some categories, most notably beef and pigmeat helped drive output value.
The value of beef exports is estimated to have increased by 10% driven by a 5% rise in output and a similar jump in average prices. As a result, exports were valued at €2.1 billion. Despite a decline in supply, a 5% rise in average pig prices helped to boost the value of Irish pigmeat exports by 3% or €15m in 2013.
The poultry sector continued to face a competitive export market environment with little scope for price increases while volumes were marginally higher. For the year, the value of Irish poultry exports is estimated to have increased by around 4% to reach an estimated €230m.
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