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UK Slaughter Statistics


22 March 2012

UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2012UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2012

UK prime cattle slaughterings for February 2012 were 159,000 head and beef and veal production was 70,000 tonnes.
UK Slaughter Statistics

Key Points

  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 1 per cent higher than in February 2011 at 767 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 64 thousand tonnes, which was the same as in February 2011.
  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 6 per cent lower than in February 2011 at 159 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 70 thousand tonnes, 6 per cent lower than in February 2011.
  • Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 5 per cent lower than in February 2011 at 788 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 19 thousand tonnes, 4 per cent lower than in February 2011.

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.

Table 1: UK Monthly Slaughter Estimates
Thousand Head
United Kingdom December 2011
4 weeks
January 2012
5 weeks
February 2012
4 weeks
Clean Pigs 743 943 767
Sows and Boars * 26 19
Steers 69 89 78
Heifers 57 75 62
Young Bulls 17 22 19
Cows and Adult Bulls 46 60 45
Calves 5 6 6
Other Sheep and Lambs 1007 977 788
Ewes and Rams 158 170 138
* Data are confidential

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.

Table 2. UK average dressed carcass weights
(kilogramme)
United Kingdom December 2011 January 2012 February 2012
Clean pigs 78.0 79.1 79.3
Sows and boars 151.3 148.7 149.6
Steers 365.4 368.4 369.6
Heifers 320.7 325.0 325.2
Young bulls 348.4 348.5 347.8
Cows and adult bulls 311.6 318.6 319.0
Calves 50.5 49.5 46.1
Other Sheep and Lambs 18.7 19.6 19.8
Ewes and Rams 24.7 25.5 25.8

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 statistical month as specified.

Table 3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat
(thousand tonnes)
United Kingdom December 2011
4 weeks
January 2012
5 weeks
February 2012
4 weeks
Pig meat 61 78 64
Beef 64 84 70
Mutton and Lamb 23 23 19

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.

Table 4. UK average weekly slaughterings
(thousand head)
United Kingdom 2011 2012
Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Clean pigs 191 189 177 178 185 187 190 199 199 207 186 188 192
Sows and boars * * * * * * * * * * * 5 5
Steers 20 21 20 20 18 17 19 22 21 20 17 18 19
Heifers 17 16 15 15 14 13 14 15 15 16 14 15 16
Young bulls 6 6 6 7 8 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 5
Cows and adult bulls 12 11 10 12 12 11 12 13 15 16 11 12 11
Calves 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2
Other Sheep and Lambs 207 201 192 180 211 260 279 291 312 284 252 195 197
Ewes and Rams 40 35 34 34 35 39 40 40 45 43 39 34 34
* Data are confidential



United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering - Pigs


United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering – Cattle


United Kingdom average weekly slaughtering – Sheep

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 may not add up to the Great Britain totals or the United Kingdom totals in section one, due to rounding.

Section 5. UK Slaughterings by Country
(thousand head)
  December 2011
4 weeks
January 2012
5 weeks
February 2012
4 weeks
England & Wales
Clean pigs 574 720 591
Sows and boars * 25 19
Steers 42 55 48
Heifers 32 45 37
Young bulls 12 15 12
Cows and adult bulls 34 46 34
Calves 5 5 6
Other Sheep and Lambs 864 825 661
Ewes and Rams 153 165 134
Scotland
Clean pigs 56 64 52
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 16 20 18
Heifers 16 18 15
Young bulls 2 2 2
Cows and adult bulls 5 6 4
Calves 0 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 120 129 110
Ewes and Rams 3 2 1
Great Britain
Clean pigs 629 784 643
Sows and boars * 26 19
Steers 58 75 66
Heifers 47 63 52
Young bulls 13 17 14
Cows and adult bulls 38 51 38
Calves 5 5 6
Other Sheep and Lambs 983 953 770
Ewes and Rams 155 167 135
Northern Ireland
Clean pigs 113 155 124
Sows and boars 0 0 0
Steers 11 15 12
Heifers 9 12 10
Young bulls 4 5 4
Cows and adult bulls 8 9 7
Calves 0 0 0
Other Sheep and Lambs 24 23 18
Ewes and Rams 2 3 3
*Data are confidential

March 2012

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