Meaty performance: Strong demand from meat processors should support industry growth

The Animal Raising industry involves 81,699 enterprises that breed and raise cattle, pigs, poultry and sheep for meat and milk processors. Cattle raised specifically for beef production account for over half of industry revenue. The industry has grown strongly over the past five years despite a sluggish start. The industry relies on demand from meat processors, which account for an estimated 76% of industry revenue. Falling prices and constrained demand from the Meat Processing industry (IBISWorld report C10.110IE) in 2014 negatively affected industry revenue. In the following year, an end to the EU's milk quotas led to oversupply, which contributed to the domestic price of milk falling by more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Meat prices have risen overall, contributing to industry revenue growth over the past five years
  • Rising demand for sheep meat has supported industry revenue growth
  • The number of industry operators is forecast to rise over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The Border, Midland and Western regionThe Border, Midland and Western region, commonly known as the BMW region, holds a significant amount of dairy and sheep farms. Sheep farming is popular in the region due to the availability of high-quality grazing grass and favourable weather conditions. The Western region is home to the highest number of sheep. The BMW region also holds a significant number of poultry farms, with higher concentration in the Border region, which has over 4,000 birds on each farm.The South-East and South-WestApproximately 53,000 farms are located in the South-East region, which is estimated to hold 11.2% of industry establishments. The region is popular for dairy cattle farming, with over 80% of the Irish herd located in the region. Acc...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Raising of Animals Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Raising of Animals Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labour
  • Appropriate climatic conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of milk and Gross disposable income of households in the Raising of Animals industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Raising of Animals in Ireland Industry?

    Farmers in the industry raise, breed and sell animals, including cattle for meat and milk production, sheep, pigs and poultry. The industry also includes egg production on poultry farms. Raising of horses is not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Cattle for slaughter
  • Sheep for slaughter
  • Poultry for slaughter
  • Pigs for slaughter
  • Milk for liquid consumption
  • Milk for processing
  • Eggs
  • Wool
  • Industry Activities
  • raw milk and raising of cattle
  • Raising and breeding chickens, turkeys and ducks
  • Producing eggs from poultry
  • Raising of lambs, sheep and goats, and wool production
  • Raising and breeding of pigs
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic price of milk
  • Gross disposable income of households
  • Liquid milk consumption
  • Animal feed prices - feedstuff dairy meal (16%-18%)
  • Population

  • Current Performance
    Beefed up pricesMeaty demandMilking margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Export performanceIndustry profitability
  • Table: Raising of Animals Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Raising of Animals Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Meat Processing in Ireland
  • Milk & Cream Production in Ireland
  • Butter & Cheese Production in Ireland
  • Yoghurt & Other Dairy Product Processing in Ireland

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Agricultural & Forestry Machinery Manufacturing in Ireland
  • Animal Feed Production in Ireland

  • Products & Services
  • Cattle for slaughter
  • Milk for liquid consumption
  • Sheep for slaughter
  • Milk for processing
  • Poultry for slaughter
  • Pigs for slaughter
  • Eggs
  • Wool
  • Chart: Raising of Animals Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Meat processors
  • Dairy processors
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Raising of Animals Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Raising of Animals

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Raising of Animals Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Raising of Animals Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Raising of Animals Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Automatic Milking Systems
  • Machinery that milks cattle without much human input.
  • Battery Cages
  • A pen where poultry is kept.
  • Farm-Gate Milk Price
  • The price dairy farmers receive for raw milk.
  • Processor
  • A business that takes a live animal, slaughters it and breaks it down into saleable cuts.
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