Which Country Produces the Most Cattle Meat?

Cattle Meat Production (kt), 2018
Agriculture | March 9, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 169 countries in 2018, USA ranked the highest in cattle meat production with 12,219 kt followed by Brazil and China. On the other end of the scale was Seychelles with 0.011 kt, Bahamas with 0.017 kt and Singapore with 0.047 kt.

Total cattle meat production reached 67,363 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 2.88 % more than in the previous year and 7.57 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total cattle meat production reached an all time high of 67,363 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 27,685 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 1.57 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 18.1 % of cattle meat production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 41.4 % share while the ten largest countries some 60.2 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Cattle Meat Production indicator page.

Cattle Meat Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Argentina kt 2,596 2,822 2,674 2,727 2,644
Australia kt 2,152 2,359 2,595 2,662 2,316
Brazil kt 9,307 9,675 9,723 9,425 9,284
Canada kt 1,026 1,024 1,069 1,018 1,112
China kt 5,533 5,518 5,541 5,552 5,552
France kt 1,494 1,400 1,411 1,448 1,466
Germany kt 1,146 1,117 1,143 1,132 1,155
India kt 981 971 961 951 956
Mexico kt 1,821 1,807 1,827 1,845 1,879
Pakistan kt 789 822 850 882 915
Russia kt 1,642 1,633 1,654 1,649 1,589
South Africa kt 875 953 1,001 1,073 1,090
Turkey kt 799 869 882 1,015 1,059
USA kt 11,916 11,789 11,698 10,778 11,471
Uzbekistan kt 708 750 800 850 829