SPAIN - Sheep meat production in Spain has fallen by 8.66 per cent according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
The official figures in October show Spanish sheep meat production at 8,453 tonnes compared to 9,254 tonnes in 2013.
The government said that the drop in production is despite attempts to form a premium sheep meet cooperative and promotion campaigns.
In October, 662,243 head of sheep had been slaughtered, adrop of 12.32 per cent compared to the same month last year when 755,299 were slaughtered.
Catalonia is the leading producing region with 1,665 tonnes (a rise of 7.04 per cnet compared to 2013), followed by Castile and León (1,358 tonnes) and Castilla-La Mancha (1,198 tonnes).
In Castilla and León 147,030 head of sheep were slaughtered; Catalonia, 113,131 and Castilla-la Mancha, 88,389.
Goat meat production also fell by 10.60 per cent in October 2014, to 658 tonnes with 83,691 goats slaughtered a drop of 5.57 per cent year on year.
The main producer was the Canaries, with 228 tonnes produced, followed by Andalusia (170 tonnes) and Murcia (71 tonnes).
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