FAS Cairo forecasts calf crop production in 2018 to increase to 1.93 million head, up 4 percent from 1.85 million head in 2017. Beef consumption in 2018 is expected to reach 645,000 MT, up by 35,000 MT or 6 percent compared to 2017. Cattle imports will remain stable at about 250,000 head. Beef imports are however anticipated to grow to 280,000 MT, up by 30,000 MT or 12 percent compared to 2017. Post foresees the Egyptian government remaining the country’s largest importer of live cattle and beef. Post is revising downward its 2017 consumption and import numbers from USDA’s official data.