The net production of beef and veal in the EU in 2015 is roughly 7,657,000 tons, representing a 1.4% increase over 2014 (which, in turn, saw a 2.5% increase over the previous year). This increase is partly a reflection of the larger number of cattle earmarked for slaughter in order to avoid exceeding quotas of milk cows (in the last season in which these quotas were effective), and also of the increase in total cattle population. In 2016, the numbers will probably increase again by a further 0.6% to 7,718,000 tons.
The competitiveness of Polish beef on the EU market is favourable to an increase in exports of beef livestock. In 2014, the average price of slaughter cattle in Poland (expressed in Euros) was 80% of the EU average. In the period from January to November of 2014, about 333,000 tons of livestock, meat, and beef and veal processed products were exported from Poland (4), which was 2& more than in the analogous period in 2013.
Polish beef is exceptionally attractive because of its excellent flavour. Polish cattle are generally raised by individual farmers, practicing traditional breeding methods which include free pasturing of the cattle, giving the meat a quality highly appreciated by western European consumers because of its unique flavour and aroma.