India's 2023 cattle herd forecast marginally higher

Production is forecast to increase by 2%
calendar icon 19 September 2022
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USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

According to the USDA's latest Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report, India’s national cattle herd inventory in marketing year 2023 (January-December) is forecast marginally higher at 307.4 million head.

India’s marketing year 2023 production of carabeef (meat derived from the Asian domestic water buffalo) and beef is forecast at 4.42 million metric tons (MMT), an increase of 2% from the current year’s estimate on continued restrictive policies on slaughter of bovine animals.

Carabeef and beef exports for marketing year 2023 is forecast at 1.48 MMT, largely unchanged from previous year as demand from South Asian markets continues to be under pressure.

Note: carabeef and beef production and trade are reported in carcass weight equivalent (CWE).

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