One sheep farm closes every day in Spain

Published May 25, 2024

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Over the past 20 years, Spain has seen a significant decline in sheep farming, with 10,000 farms closing their doors, resulting in a reduction of 4,000 sheep per day. This trend coincides with a decrease in lamb consumption, from 22 million in 2002 to an expected 10 million in 2022. The causes of this decline remain unclear. Farmers point to the lack of government investment in technology and the complex paperwork involved as major challenges. They also express concerns over the disappearance of extensive animal husbandry and the increased fire risk, which they believe threaten food independence. Despite these challenges, data shows that the size of sheep flocks is increasing.
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10,000 sheep farms in Spain have closed their doors in 20 years. In other words, every day the country lost one farm. In a third way, sheep have decreased by 4,000 per day, we learn from the Spanish news site Antena3. Eurostat: Sharp increase in the pig population in Bulgaria Although Spain is among the largest producers of sheep in the EU, fewer and fewer animals are raised on its territory. Lamb consumption has also declined over the past 20 years. If in 2002 Spaniards consumed 22 million lambs per year, in 2022 this indicator will be only 10 million. There is no explanation of what is happening. Lamb meat seems to be no longer of interest, although it is considered white and healthy, with less fat and cheaper than red meat. We seem to remember it only at Christmas or during the holidays, but rarely in everyday shopping, the Spaniards note. According to the sheep breeder Alberto García Torres of the AGM farm in Olmedo, Valladolid, one of the big problems is the lack of ...
Source: Agri
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