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Photo: Páll Stefánsson. Cows at Eyjafjöll, South Iceland.

Beef Production in Iceland Reaches All-Time High

Icelandic farmers produced nearly five tonnes of beef last year, an all-time record for the country. The most-produced meat was lamb, at 9,388 tonnes, with poultry a close second, at 9,294 tonnes. The data on meat production for the year 2021 was recently published by Statistics Iceland.

Beef production in March of this year was 4% higher than in March 2021. However, pork production was 8% lower than a year ago and poultry 3% lower. Incubation of broilers (chicken raised for meat production) was 10% lower in March 2022 than in March 2021.

Lamb production has been steadily decreasing since 2017, when 10,619 tonnes were produced in Iceland. Poultry production, on the other hand, grew by 200 tonnes between 2020 and 2021. Pork production has fluctuated, though overall increased, over the past decade, with local farmers producing 6,580 tonnes of pork last year.

Horse meat production has been slowly declining since 2012, with 831 tonnes produced last year.

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