Which Country Eats the Most Lamb?

Sheep and Goat Meat Consumption (Total) (kt), 2013
Food & Drink | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 151 countries in 2013, China ranked the highest in sheep and goat meat consumption with 3,998 kt followed by India and Nigeria. On the other end of the scale was Belize with 0.033 kt, Suriname with 0.054 kt and Maldives with 0.240 kt.

Total sheep and goat meat consumption reached 13,544 kt in 2013 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.95 % more than in the previous year and 15.5 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total sheep and goat meat consumption reached an all time high of 13,544 kt in 2013 and an all time low of 5,857 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 1.63 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 29.5 % of sheep and goat meat consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 39.5 % share while the ten largest countries some 55.9 % in 2013.

Data for more countries are available at Sheep and Goat Meat Consumption (Total) indicator page.

Sheep and Goat Meat Consumption (Total) Unit 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Algeria kt 211 196 211 222 272
Australia kt 304 268 251 253 254
Bangladesh kt 173 179 194 196 198
China kt 3,736 3,760 3,783 3,943 3,964
France kt 205 213 214 209 210
India kt 811 822 833 844 854
Iran kt 345 305 250 238 256
Morocco kt 141 142 156 161 167
Nigeria kt 412 423 435 463 459
Pakistan kt 393 418 425 416 422
Russia kt 187 187 187 201 201
South Africa kt 164 196 193 185 171
Sudan kt 370 395 380 385 ...
Turkey kt 327 317 299 274 292
United Kingdom kt 372 356 333 298 293