Tel Aviv…Faced with a chronic shortage of beef, Israel has been searching for new sources that could address the extraordinary spike in demand. About two-thirds of Israeli beef consumption consists of imported frozen beef from such countries as Poland and from several countries in South America. Since 1996, a relaxing of trade restrictions has allowed duty free imports of live feeder beef calves. The demand for beef in Israel increases some 20% each year owing to the rapid growth of the population. “With Shabbos every week and about a month of holidays, Israelis want more beef,” said one purveyor. In addition, the growth amongst the Orthodox has also added to the unprecedented demand. According to Israel’s Beef Board, per capita consumption has reached 19 kg, which is further evidence of soaring demand.