United Kingdom Slaughter Statistics - March 2007

UK - This publication by Defra shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
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This publication shows various statistics obtained from surveys of slaughterhouses run in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They are based on data from all slaughterhouses but remain provisional until all the returns are in. The statistics are shown in statistical months - that is, statistics for January, April, July, and October are for periods of five weeks while statistics for other months are for periods of four weeks, with the exception of 2004 which is a 53 week statistical year where December 2004 statistics are for a 5 week month.

In this issue:

  1. UK monthly slaughter estimates.
  2. UK monthly average dressed carcase weights.
  3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat.
  4. UK average weekly slaughter estimates.
  5. UK slaughterings by country.
  6. UK quarterly production and supplies of meat.

UK monthly slaughter estimates

Monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat in the United Kingdom are given in the table below. They are shown in statistical months.

United Kingdom December 2006
4 weeks
January 2006
5 weeks
February 2007
4 weeks
Steers 79 99 84
Heifers 64 84 70
Young Bulls 18 23 19
Cows and Adult Bulls 35 52 45
Calves 3 3 2
Thousand head

A dataset showing slaughter statistics for the same months in previous years can be found on the Defra website at http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/datasets/slaughm.xls (Excel format).

2. UK average dressed carcase weights

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced which enables average dressed carcase weights to be calculated. Monthly average dressed carcase weight for livestock slaughtered for meat in the United Kingdom are given in the table below.

United Kingdom December 2006
4 weeks
January 2006
5 weeks
February 2007
4 weeks
Steers 345.4 349.7 351.8
Heifers 305.2 309.2 309.0
Young Bulls 332.0 330.3 332.8
Cows and Adult Bulls 304.8 301.3 317.7
Calves 24.2 25.9 27.9
Kilogramme

3. UK monthly home-killed production of meat

The surveys of slaughterhouses also collect information on the meat produced. This enables the total quantity of meat produced in the United Kingdom to be calculated. Home-killed production includes livestock imported into the United Kingdom for slaughter and differs from home-fed production (see Table 6) which excludes livestock imported into the United Kingdom for slaughter. The figures are shown in statistical months.

United Kingdom December 2006
4 weeks
January 2006
5 weeks
February 2007
4 weeks
Beef 63 84 72
Mutton and Lamb 26 28 23
Pigmeat 54 66 58
Thousand tonnes

4. UK average weekly slaughterings

The monthly figures shown in Table 1 are affected by the number of weeks in the month. In order to provide a better, and more immediately accessible to readers, measure of trends over time, the following tables show average weekly slaughterings for each of the last twelve months. Longer time series are shown in the charts.

  2006 2007
(Thousand Head) Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Heifers 18 17 15 16 15 14 13 16 16 18 16 17 18
Steers 20 21 19 21 20 19 18 22 23 23 20 20 21
Young Bulls 6 6 6 7 8 7 6 6 5 6 5 5 5
Cows and Adult Bulls 5 5 5 6 7 8 8 9 11 12 9 10 11
Calves 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Thousand head

Further Information

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