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Sheep Farming in the UK: Market Research Report

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Sheep Farming Market Research Report | SIC A01.450 | Dec 2016

Badly insulated: Wool has become a more important product due to volatile meat prices

IBISWorld’s Sheep Farming market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Fluctuations in the price of sheep meet have caused a notable degree of revenue volatility
  • British wool products are perceived to be of high quality, which has supported global demand
  • Cheaper and healthier alternatives are expected to constrain demand for lamb
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK Sheep Farming industry has been subject to volatile conditions over the five years through 2016-17. In the beginning of the five-year period revenue fell as a result of decreased demand from major markets. In 2012-13 industry revenue contracted due to a sharp fall in the domestic price of sheep meat as increased import penetration resulted in low market prices. Since then, market prices have remained low and farmers have struggled to capture sustainable shares of retail prices, as supermarkets have maintained their dominance within the supply chain. Since then healthier demand for high-quality and organic red meats have supported revenue... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Sheep Farming industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. Industry value added, which measures the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is estimated to decline at a compound annual rate of 0.6% over the 10 years through 2021-22. The UK economy is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.3% over the same period.

The markets within the industry are clearly defined, the largest contributor to the industry is estimated to be meat processors. However, in recent years consumer and health trends have weighed on lamb consumption. Lamb is generally considered to be poor value and high in fat compared with competing products. This has also been compounded by the rising popularity of vegan and vegetarian diets. Dem.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Sheep Farming Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sheep Farming Industry are

  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of sheep meat and Animal feed prices in the Sheep Farming industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Sheep Farming Industry?

    Businesses in this industry raise and breed sheep and goats. Farmers in the industry are also involved in wool production. The industry excludes the processing of meat or milk.

    Industry Products
    Wool Lambs for slaughterRaw sheep and goats milkSheep and goats for slaughterSheep sold for other purposes
    Industry Activities
    Lamb raisingSheep farmingGoat farmingWool production

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic price of sheep meat
  • Animal feed prices
  • Domestic price of wool
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Current Performance
  • Revenue volatility
  • Warm welcome
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Woolly outcome
  • Health consciousness
  • Growing innovation
  • Table: Sheep Farming Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sheep Farming Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Meat Processing
  • Yoghurt & Other Dairy Product Processing
  • Textile Weaving & Finishing
  • Clothing Manufacturing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Wholesaling
  • Animal Feed Production
  • Live Animal Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Lambs for slaughter
  • Wool
  • Sheep and goats for slaughter
  • Sheep sold for other purposes
  • Raw sheep and goats milk
  • Chart: Sheep Farming Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Meat processors
  • Wool wholesalers
  • Sheep farmers
  • Milk processors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sheep Farming Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Rent
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sheep Farming
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sheep Farming Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sheep Farming Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Sheep Farming Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A female adult sheep.
  • Farm Gate Price
  • The price of the product at which it is sold by the farm.
  • Halal Meat
  • Meat that comes from an animal that has been slaughtered according to strict religious rules in accordance with Muslim beliefs.
  • Lamb
  • Meat taken from a sheep under the age of one.
  • Mutton
  • Meat taken from a sheep over two years of age.
  • Processing
  • The process of taking a live animal, slaughtering it and then breaking it down into saleable goods.

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