The AEP group has authored a comprehensive study for AGRI Committee of the European Parliament on 'The EU Cattle Sector: Challenges and Opportunities - Milk and Meat'.
The cattle sector is of great economic importance within the EU agricultural sector. Productivity of the sector is very heterogeneous. In the near future, a further increase in milk and bovine meat supply can be expected. To avoid a decline in farm gate prices, further product differentiation at the EU level, an increase in export opportunities as well as compensation for environmental services to support extensification will be needed.
The authors are Rico Ihle, Liesbeth Dries, Roel Jongeneel, Thomas Venus, Justus Wesseler of the the Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group (Wageningen University and Research)
On March 21, Rico Ihle, Roel Jongeneel and Thomas Venus presented and discussed in the Paul-Henri-Spaak-Building of the European Parliament key results of the recently published research report on "The EU Cattle Sector: Challenges and Opportunities - Milk and Meat" in front of the Members of the European Parliament forming the Parliament's Committee of Agricultural and Rural Development. The aim of the study was to analyse current characteristics, challenges and opportunities of the EU cattle sector, the effects of current CAP measures targeting the sector and to propose potential policy options for the future.