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UK Slaughter Statistics

20 August 2010

UK - The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on UK Slaughterings of cattle, sheep and pigs were released on 19 August 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Key points

This release shows the latest monthly information on the slaughtering of cattle and pigs. It also includes dressed carcase weight and meat production information. The key results for July 2010 are given below:

  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 12 per cent higher than in July 2009 at 202 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 87 thousand tonnes, 15 per cent higher than in July 2009.
  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 1 per cent higher than in July 2009 at 855 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 69 thousand tonnes, a rise of 1 per cent on July 2009.

Section 1: UK monthly slaughter estimates

This table shows monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom. The survey is run according to statistical, rather than calendar months, the number of weeks in the statistical month is specified below.

Table1: UK Monthly Slaughter Estimates

United Kingdom May 2010
4 Weeks
June 2010
4 Weeks
July 2010
5 Weeks
Steers 80 74 90
Heifers 60 59 69
Young Bulls 28 34 43
Cows and Adult Bulls 39 38 51
Calves 3 3 5
Clean pigs 694 685 855
Sows and Boars 16 15 *

Section 2: UK average dressed carcase weights

This table shows the monthly average dressed carcase weight of livestock slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom.

Carcase weights remained relatively stable, the only notible changes were an increase in weights for both cows/adult bulls and calves.

There was also a drop in carcase weights for sows and boars, and a slight drop in clean pigs weights.

United Kingdom May 2010
4 Weeks
June 2010
4 Weeks
July 2010
5 Weeks
Steers 372.9 372.4 371.3
Heifers 322.9 323.5 322.5
Young Bulls 345.4 347.6 347.7
Cows and Adult Bulls 327.1 325.3 318.3
Calves 36.9 32.6 43.4
Clean pigs 78.4 77.7 76.7
Sows and Boars 154.5 156.2 148.8

Section 3: UK monthly home-killed production of meat

This table shows the monthly volumes of meat produced in the united kingdom. data is shown according to statistical, rather than calendar months, number of weeks in sttistical month as specified.

Table 3: Uk monthly home-killed production of meat

United Kingdom May 2010
4 Weeks
June 2010
4 Weeks
July 2010
5 Weeks
Beef 71 71 87
Pig 57 56 69

Section 4: UK average weekly slaughterings

This following table shows the average weekly slaughter figures for the last thirteen months. The monthly slaughter figures in section one are affected by the number of weeks in the statistical month. To get a clearer measure of trends weekly averages are calculated by dividing the number of livestock slaughtered each month by the number of weeks in the statistical month.

Longer term trends can be seen in the charts following this table.

Weekly Cow Slaughter

Chart 4:1 United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering – Cattle

Chart 4:1 United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering – Cattle

Chart 4:2 United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering – Pigs


Section 5: UK slaughterings by country

This table shows monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat in England and Wales, Scotland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Data are shown in statistical months, rather than calendar months. The totals for the countries mtotals or the United Kingdom totals in section one, due to rounding.

Table 5: UK slaughterings by country

  May 2010
4 weeks
June 2010
4 weeks
July 2010
5weeks
England & Wales
steers 48 45 57
Heifers 37 36 44
Young Bulls 19 21 27
Cows and Adult Bulls 4 4 5
Calves 3 3 5
Clean pigs 535 531 661
Sows and Boars 16 14 *
Scotland
steers 19 18 22
Heifers 13 13 16
Young Bulls 3 5 6
Cows and Adult Bulls 4 4 5
Calves 0 0 0
Clean pigs 42 39 51
Sows and Boars 0 0 0
Great Britain
steers 67 63 79
Heifers 50 49 59
Young Bulls 22 25 33
Cows and Adult Bulls 32 32 43
Calves 3 3 5
Clean pigs 577 570 711
Sows and Boars 16 14 *
Northern Ireland
steers 12 11 11
Heifers 10 10 10
Young Bulls 6 8 10
Cows and Adult Bulls 6 6 8
Calves 0 0 0
Clean pigs 118 115 144
Sow and Boars 1 1 1

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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